LAHORE/ISLAMABAD - Seven more were tested positive for dengue at the Lahore Mayo Hospital on Wednesday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 104. Out of seven new patients, five were brought from different areas of Lahore and two from Sheikhupura.
Another suspected dengue patient admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims). Moihbur Rehman, 32, from Swat is a confirmed case of dengue admitted in isolation ward of Pims, according to officials. According to officials, it is the second confirmed case of dengue at Pims and the first patient, Amir, was from Murree who was discharged a few days back after recovery. Three more suspected patients are admitted and their blood samples have been sent to laboratory for confirmation.
On the other hand, Punjab Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sindhu has stressed the need for efforts to control dengue during September – the peak season for mosquito breeding.
Chairing a meeting on dengue situation, he said the dengue is limited, as compared to previous year, despite heavy rains due to combined efforts. Secretaries of government departments, Lahore commissioner, Faisalabad DCO public representatives and senior officers attended the meeting.
Health Secretary Hassan Iqbal said as compared to 209 mm rains in 2012, 748 mm rain was recorded during this year. He said despite heavy rains, number of dengue patients is less than the previous year. He said that so far 1090 confirmed dengue patients have been reported from Sindh with 11 deaths. Similarly, 2500 confirmed dengue patients have been reported from KPK with 7 deaths.
He said that so far in Punjab 104 confirmed dengue patients have been reported and 14 patients are under treatment in different hospitals. He said keeping in view the critical dengue situation in other provinces, the departments concerned have to remain alert. He said the Health Department is in contact with KPK government and offering technical support for dengue control. Moreover, 20 bottles of Dextron-40 have also been dispatched to Swat.
Environment secretary informed the meeting that 124 notices have been issued to property owners on detection of larva whereas 205 FIRs have also been registered in this regard. He informed larva is mostly being reported in Wagha Town.
Lahore commissioner said that as per direction of the Punjab CM, special cleanliness drive has been carried out in Miani Sahib Graveyard and all hot spots have been removed. He said meetings of Town Emergency Response Committees are being held on regular basis. He appreciated the activities of Pha, Wasa and Rescue 1122 with regard to dengue control.
Owners of houses have assured the Environment Secretary Anwar Rashid that not even a single sanitary item would be placed in open during peak dengue season. They gave assurance at a meeting with environment secretary at his office on Wednesday. Anwar Rahsid said the anti-dengue squads of Environment Department have been inspecting the warehouses on daily basis and FIRs were being lodged after the squads found larvae in the premises. He said the sanitary association should come forward and ask members to avoid placing items in open. Sanitary Association President Haji Idrees admired the Environment Department’s suggestions and assured them the owners would clear water from sanitary and ceramic stuffs.
Punjab Environment Department DG Farooq Hameed Sheikh, EIA Director Naseemur Rehman Shah, Environment DO Younus Zahid and other officials also attended the meeting.