Punjab organized the International Conference on Dengue 2020, bringing together leading global experts to develop action plan to control dengue in the wake of a global pandemic that has hit countries from Far East Asia to South Asia.
Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar was the chief guest on the first day of the conference and pledged complete support for the control of dengue in Punjab. Provincial Health Minister Dr.Yasmin Rashid, Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Hanif Khan Pitafi, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza, Chief Secretary Punjab Major (Retd) Azam Suleman, Federal Health Secretary, Provincial Health Secretaries, Additional Health Secretaries, Secretary Labor Sara Aslam, vice Chancellors, Program Managers, WHO and UNICEF representatives and experts participated in the conference.
The conference continued for two days providing an excellent platform to the Government officials, leading national and international health experts, researchers and analysts with a common concern to fight dengue. Experts from the academia, including virologists, epidemiologists, Public Health as well as researchers gathered from across the regions to review existing strategies on dengue, revise SOPs related to case detection, diagnosis, clinical managements, treatment, surveillance and social mobilization related to dengue.
Renowned International experts from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Canada and Far East Asia countries also participated in the conference and shared their experience and suggestions to control dengue in the region. Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that the conference will help put together strategies that will not only be helpful for Pakistan, but also for other countries of the region.