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    High level meeting to review dengue situation held 

    High level meeting to review dengue situation held

    Chitral Times Report

    PESHAWAR: A high level meeting to review the latest dengue situation and to further beef up measures to contain the virus in the province was held here on Monday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair. The meeting was apprised of the latest situation of dengue across the province with special focus on the steps being taken for its prevention. The Chief Minister, while expressing concern on the increasing cases of dengue patients in the provincial capital, directed the authorities concerned for immediate removal of the District Health Officer Peshawar from his post on account of poor performance and initiate inquiry against him, further directing the high ups of health department to post another officer on the post of DHO Peshawar.

    Special Assistant to CM for Information and Higher Education Kamran Khan Bangash, Members of National Assembly Haji Shaukat Ali, Noor Alam Khan and Arbab Sher Ali, Members of Provincial Assembly Arbab Jehandad Khan, Pir Fida, Asif Khan and Fazle Illahi, Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Administrative Secretaries of the concerned departments, CCPO Peshawar, Commissioner Peshawar and other senior officials.

    The meeting was informed that for the first time 37 entomologists have been recruited in the province which are helping in making the government’s measures against dengue more effective. It was decided in the meeting that door to door campaign should be launched for the prevention of dengue and public awareness activities should be intensified, concerned departments should improve coordination between them in this regard.

    The chief minister said that in order to make the measures against dengue in the provincial capital Peshawar more effective, a coordination committee headed by members of the assembly and comprising officers of relevant departments should be constituted so that the departments along with public representatives could take steps in dengue affected areas. He said that the members of the Assembly were ready to extend all possible cooperation to the departments and to give suggestions to the concerned departments on issues related to dengue in their areas.

    Chief Minister Mahmood Khan also directed the quarters concerned to form a fact finding committee and submit a report to examine the funds released for the prevention of dengue. He said that dengue diagnostic tests should be made free of cost throughout the province. The Chief Minister also directed that a weekly review meeting should be held with the public representatives on anti-dengue measures while the Department of Health, Local Bodies and WSSPs should jointly check the anti-dengue measures. He warned all concerned departments that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard as protection of the lives of the people was one of the top priorities of the government. He said that all possible resources are being utilized for the prevention and control of dengue.

    On the request of elected representatives, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed the authorities concerned to release funds for the Institute of Kidney Diseases within two days so that the process of supply of medicines to patients could continue without any interruption.

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