ISLAMABAD: Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid has ordered concerned departments to take emergency measures to control Dengue.
She issued the directives while chairing the Cabinet meeting on Dengue Control and Prevention at the Darbar Hall Civil Secretariat.
The Health Minister stated that increase in the number of Dengue patients is alarming. All suspected patients are being tested.
She told that over 9,000 Dengue Larvawere detected by surveillance teams in the last one week. The teams must identify hot spots, so that larvicidal activities can be carried out, said Minister.
Dr. Yasmin instructed Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners that they should must personally supervise surveillance activities. The Punjab Healthcare Commission must increase inspection of hospitals.
Health Minister informed that medicines are available at all hospitals and there must be no shortage of medicines in hospitals.
Dr. Yasmin Rashid reviewed dengue control activities in the province. Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Captain (Retd) Usman Younis apprised the Minister of activities on Dengue prevention. Other concerned departments also shared their respective activities in the meeting.
Minister directed Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) to update and analyze data on a daily basis and ordered to ensure implementation of SOPs of the Dengue Expert Advisory Group.
She highlighted that all departments bodies will have to work collectively and review progress to control dengue in Punjab.
“I appeal to people to keep their homes, offices and shops clean and tidy. The government is making all out efforts to control dengue and no negligence will be tolerated in Punjab,” Dr. Yasmin
She added that awareness is being given through the helpline and people can contact helpline 1033 for guidance. (With input from INP)