LAHORE - Collective efforts are need of the hour to control dengue menace as next three weeks are important with regard to breeding of mosquito.
This was informed at a meeting of cabinet committee held on Friday for reviewing the steps taken by government departments for eradication of dengue. MPA Kh Salman Rafique chaired the meeting attended by Secretary Health Hassan Iqbal, secretaries of various government departments, additional secretaries, Lahore commissioner, KEMU Vice Chancellor, Incharge Chief Minister’s Dengue Research Cell, DIG Special Branch and officers of PITB.
Briefing about the dengue situation, Secretary Health Hassan Iqbal told that despite all favourable conditions, the dengue situation was under-control due to the enthusiastic participation of the people and vigorous efforts of government departments.
He said that at present 11 confirmed dengue patients are under treatment in various hospitals and not a single patient was needed to be admitted in High Dependency Unit. He informed that the number of dengue patients in Sindh is 1826 and in KPK 7455. Similarly, 12 deaths have occurred in Sindh and 25 in KPK, he told.
Commissioner Lahore gave details about the dengue surveillance and larvae-ciding activities in Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur and Nankana Sahib districts. He told that dengue larvae is being reported in Data Gunj Bakh, Ravi and Shalimar Towns in Lahore in large number. Secretaries, Additional Secretaries of various departments, officers of PTIB and Special Branch presented reports of their respective departments in this regard.
Dr Waseem Akram told that due to persisting high temperature and humidity in the weather, dengue larvae breeding is continuing, however, as soon as the night temperature reduces, the situation will change.
Prof Faisal Masood told that KEMU is organizing regular courses of case management of dengue patients for on-job training of new doctors.
Kh Salman Rafique said that dengue surveillance should further be enhanced in Faisalabad and Rawalpindi districts. He said that the pace of existing efforts should be maintained for controlling the dengue virus for another three weeks.
CPSP holds ATLS
College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) arranged Advance Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course at Regional Centre Lahore on Friday with the collaboration of American College of Surgeons. This course was attended by 16 participants.
CPSP Spokesperson said that Pakistan is the only country is SAARC Region where this course has been arranged.