Via the Pakistan Observer, a report datelined Lahore: Action plan to prevent outbreak of dengue in Punjab. Excerpt:
Secretary Health Punjab Capt. (R) Arif Nadeem has directed the officers to pay special attention to vector surveillance for effective control of dengue and in accordance with the action plan, all necessary arrangements be ensured to check outbreak of dengue virus in Lahore as well as other districts.
He said this while addressing a meeting to review dengue control arrangements in his office, here today. Besides, Special Assistant to Chief Minister, Kh. Salman Rafique MPA, Special Secretary Health Dawood Bareach, Director General Health Punjab Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, EDO Health Lahore Dr. Inam-ul-Haq, Dean IPH Prof. Tajammul, head of Entomology Department Agriculture University Faisalabad, Prof. Dr. Wasim Akram, Associate Prof. Services Hospital Dr. Tayyaba Khawar Butt, Director CDC Dr. Mubashar Malik, MS Jinnah Hospital Dr. Afzal Shaheen and other officers attended the meeting.
Prof. Wasim Akram told the meeting that a random surveillance exercise was conducted by the students of entomology department of Agriculture University in Faisalabad and it was revealed that so far dengue larva was not present in Faisalabad.
Secretary Health directed that a one-week surveillance exercise be also conducted through these students in Lahore for random checking of the larva. Capt. (R) Arif Nadeem directed Dean IPH to submit a report within 72 hours after going through the record of dengue patients at UC level and which union councils were more vulnerable according to the record of Health Department so that special attention could be given to vector surveillance, larviciding etc.
The Dean IPH and EDO (H) Lahore informed the meeting that due to the cold weather and very low temperature, dengue larva was not found in the samples collected from different parks and open areas.
They're wise to start checking now, in the winter. When spring comes, dengue will return.