LAHORE - Special Secretary Health Punjab Babar Hayat on Thursday said that treatment and diagnostic facilities for dengue patients must be ensured in all teaching as well as district headquarter hospitals besides making Dengue Counters and Dengue High Dependency Units functional in all government hospitals. He said that according to the instructions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Anti-Dengue Day will be observed on Sunday, August 18.
He was presiding over a meeting of Technical Advisory Committee on Dengue where Additional Secretary Health (Technical) Dr Anwar Janjua, Chairman Dengue Expert Advisory Group and Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Dr Faisal Masood, Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences (SIMS), Prof Hamid Butt Dean, Institute of Public Health (IPH) Lahore Prof. Muaaz Ahmed, Additional Director General Health Vector Born Diseases Dr Jaffar Ilyas, EDOs Health of Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib, besides Medical Superintendent of Teaching Hospitals, officers of Punjab Information Technology Board attended the meeting. Prof Dr Faisal Masood informed the meeting that due to inter provincial movement of people on Eidul-Fitr at large scale, the cases of patients infected by dengue-I virus may increase in Lahore.
as this virus is persisting in Karachi for which doctors and administration should be ready to cope with the prevailing situation. He advised that patients of dengue as well as other people should use repellents to keep away the mosquitoes so that it could not bite. He further said that people should use chlorine in the water stored for use. He said that taking preventive and precautionary measures against dengue is the best strategy to keep this disease under control.
During the meeting, EDOs Health of high risk districts briefed about the arrangements to control dengue in their respective districts and they also informed about the stock of medicines/chemicals for mosquito spray and fogging. EDOs Health informed that sufficient stock of medicines is available for this purpose. The meeting expressed satisfaction over it. Technical Committee recommended that due to heavy rains in monsoon season, vector surveillance activities should be accelerated and more effective steps should be taken to check the dengue larva and its elimination. Moreover, treatment arrangements in the hospitals must be kept standby alert. The committee also recommended that in the areas where a large quantity of larva is being detected or any dengue patient is reported, the targeted indoor spray and fogging be carried out. Prof Faisal Masood advised that people should wear full sleeve shirts and trousers while going outside the house and must use repellents to prevent themselves from dengue bite so that they could save themselves from dengue fever.