Shahbaz Sharif CM Punjab starts anti dengue drive
Lahore (Sunday, September 25, 2011) – CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif formally launched Qadam Barhao Dengue Mukao campaign in the province on Sunday.
The drive is aimed at creating awareness among the citizens to keep their houses, surroundings, streets and bazaars clean.
The chief minister distributed pamphlets, informative literature and anti-dengue kits in the narrow and dark streets of Mohni Road and among the residents of Katchi Abadis of Shahdara. He also drained out stagnant water from a fountain and a house with the help of the citizens, saying he would not leave until the water was completely drained out.
Talking to the media and the citizens on the occasion, Shahbaz said he would not rest until the elimination of the dengue virus and hoped that the virus would be controlled with the cooperation of the people. He said we had to fight dengue instead of getting afraid of it, adding that the disease had spread in Pakistan during the last few years whereas more than 80 countries of the world, including Sri Lanka and Thailand, had been affected by it. He said dengue mosquito bred in houses, offices, shops, dirty and clean water, tyre shops and other places, therefore, cooperation of people for its elimination was of great importance.
Addressing a meeting at the Chief Minister s Secretariat to review the campaign for eradication of dengue virus, Shahbaz Sharif said field hospitals were also being set up for dengue patients which would become functional within next 24 hours. He said arrangements should immediately be made for installing the imported machinery in hospitals whereas dispensaries working under the Punjab Rural Support Programme should be upgraded. About the spray and preventive measures in educational institutions, he said first three towns showing best performance in this regard would be given commendatory certificates. He said that after reopening of educational institutes, seminars should be held there.
Addressing a reception held in honour of Sri Lankan medical team at the Chief Minister s Secretariat, Shahbaz said that due to expertise and technical assistance of Sri Lankan medical team, an effective strategy had been evolved for provision of medical facilities to the dengue patients and elimination of dengue virus. He said he would visit Sri Lanka to express his gratitude to the Sri Lankan president and the government. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid a surprise visit to Jinnah Hospital and went to the wards of ICU and dengue patients and enquired about the medical facilities from the patients. Talking on the occasion, the CM said that all resources were being utilised for provision of facilities to the patients and additional machines and staff had also been deputed.