2011: How Shahbaz Sharif’s government set a benchmark for the world to overcome dengue
A detailed set of instructions (SOPs) were distributed and published in the form of a book to prevent the outbreak in the future.
- Control and Surveillance of Dengue – A Case Study distributed by Punjab Disaster Management Authority gave unprecedented awareness of the disease.
- The SOPs published by Shahbaz Sharif was not followed and shared as a result the current anti-dengue efforts were directionless.
- A present government official said that dengue is a sessional virus that visits after a certain period.
Dengue fever is an infectious disease in Pakistan with gradually numerous epidemics. The Dengue outburst in the country seems to be overpassing the former record of 2011.
Dengue had hit Lahore in 2011, had taken the lives of more than 300 people. The prevalence of the disease was more than 14000.
Shahbaz Sharif, then CM of Punjab set a benchmark for the world to overcome and control the disease.
A detailed set of instructions (SOPs) were distributed and published in the form of a book to prevent the outbreak in the future. However, the only problem with the SOPs was that it had Shahbaz Sharif’s photograph and a message.
The SOPs published by Shahbaz Sharif was not followed and shared as a result the current anti-dengue efforts were directionless.
So far, many lives have been lost and there are a large number of dengue patients, who are increasing by every passing day, yet at the same time, there is no action seen according to the SOPs to avoid more suffering by controlling the outbreak.
A survey of the publication – Control and Surveillance of Dengue – A Case Study of Lahore – distributed by Punjab Disaster Management Authority gave unprecedented awareness into synchronized and one of a kind reaction that the Punjab authority had startled under the administration of Shahbaz Sharif.
According to the source, the former CM of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif had created a crisis management center modeled as “a war room” where the concerned staff would observe, guarantee real-time execution of instructions, and provide guidance and facilities to different departments.
According to a source, for 94 days at a stretch, the former chief minister supervised over 6:00 am meeting wherein all 40-plus administrative secretaries were present along with almost all the 13 MNAS and 26 MPAs from Lahore.
Current government ignores SOPs
These sources said that the entire action plan is accessible in documents and archives of Punjab. A similar SOP was consistently followed from 2011 until 2017. “Can the PTI government just pick the thread from where Shahbaz Sharif left it,” a source said.
“These SOPs have been developed to set a comprehensive system for dengue prevention and control right from policy and decision making bodies to implementation of activities at grassroots levels. Interventions, specific roles, and responsibilities of individuals, institutions, departments, have been clearly defined with timelines. It is expected that with the implementation of action plans based on these SOPs, the province would start its journey towards gradual elimination of dengue menace,” the document reads but remains ignored in the present situation.
However, a present government official said that dengue is a sessional virus that visits after a certain period. The government has left no stone unturned to eradicate the disease, number is far less than it was in 2011.
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