Punjab stepping up its dengue prevention measures

LAHORE: As part of the province’s efforts to safeguard people from the dengue virus, preventative actions have been stepped up across Punjab.

According to details, the health department is conducting operations across the province to eradicate this virus on the instructions of Punjab Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare (P&SH) Imran Sikandar Baloch. In the previous 24 hours, at least 136 patients have been reported across the province. In Lahore, 103 dengue cases were reported yesterday, out of a total of 136.

Sikander Baloch said, ”17 dengue patients were reported from Rawalpindi, 4 from Sargodha, and 3 from Hafizabad, when asked for a breakdown of the overall number of cases. Meanwhile, 2 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Sheikhupura and Okara, with 1 case each in Attock, Chakwal, Multan, Narowal, and Chiniot.

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According to Sikandar, 1,436 confirmed cases of the virus have been registered in Punjab so far this year. Meanwhile, at least 1,180 confirmed  cases have been reported in Lahore.

 

He also suggested that precautionary measures against dengue are particularly vital in the monsoon season. “During the monsoon season, citizens should take more responsibility to prevent dengue.” Furthermore, he expressed his thoughts on stagnant water, saying that rainwater should not be accumulated in residential areas.

On Tuesday, health department staff checked 446,431 indoor and 104,947 outdoor locations across Punjab, according to the secretary. Sikandar also said. “The public is urged to take precautions against this virus and the coronavirus.”

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He urged all religious experts in Punjab to raise public awareness about dengue prevention among those who visit mosques.

Furthermore Sikander added: “Demonstrate that you are a responsible citizen by keeping your surroundings tidy. Allowing water to gather inside and outside the house is not a good idea. By maintaining cleanliness, dengue mosquito breeding can be avoided.”

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