Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Pakistan Air Chief Marshal (retd) Jayalath Weerakkody met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab yesterday.
Matters of cooperation in dengue control were discussed in the meeting. The chief minister thanked Sri Lankan president, government and people for their cooperation and sending a medical team to Lahore to cope with the dengue.
The chief minister said he would visit Colombo to thank the Sri Lankan president, government and the people for this help. He said that it had been decided to set up the Punjab Dengue Eradication Control Authority. He said an effective mechanism was also being evolved for dengue control with the cooperation of Sri Lanka team and in consultation with local experts.
He said Public Health Department would be reorganised in the light of the measures taken in Sri Lanka to eliminate dengue virus and other viral diseases.
He said doctors and paramedical staff would be sent to Sri Lanka for training while master trainers were being prepared with the consultation of Sri Lankan medical team. He said that local doctors and paramedical staff were also rendering commendable services to the ailing humanity in this hour of need. He directed the planning and development chairman, additional chief secretary and health secretary to evolve a strategy for soliciting cooperation of the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in eradication of dengue virus. (News International)