RE - In stark contradiction to the government claims of effectively controlling the menace of Dengue hemorrhagic fever, more and more patients continued to contact public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres across the province including the City.
On Sunday, as many as 157 new dengue fever patients were reported from across the province and out of these 142 were from the provincial metropolis.
So far 1,756 dengue fever cases have been reported from across the province and out of these 1,515 patients are from the provincial metropolis.
According to the officials, 1,599 dengue patients have been discharged from government hospitals after recovery while 157 patients are still under treatment.
Though the government claims to carryout effective fumigation and insecticide spray campaign across the province, it has yet to yield desired results, as over 150 patients are daily contacting public sector hospitals and private healthcare centres.
The situation is even worse in the City where affected people are far more than even the collected patients of rest of the province.
The City District Governments Epidemic Control Wing claims to carryout regular fumigation and insecticide spray across the City in general and areas with reported dengue patients in particular but it miserably failed to eliminate mosquitoes. Not only the high officials of the Punjab Government and CDG, but also parliamentarians from the ruling PML-N are monitoring the fumigation and insecticide spray drive. According to the CDG officials, insecticide spray and fumigation has been completed in 90 out of 150 union councils in the City. The process of fumigation will complete on November 3 and drive in the second phase will start on November 4. The CDG has also hired additional fogging machines and operators from other districts for making fumigation drive more effective and result oriented. According to the residents from different localities, the fumigation spray was never carried out and they and their near and dear ones were under constant threat of getting dengue fever. They urged the rulers to ensure proper fumigation and insecticide spray throughout the City and use of quality material that kill mosquitoes.
Though the government has claimed to provide necessary facilities and free medicine to the dengue patients at public sector hospitals, ever increasing number of cases and lack of proper arrangements has caused the people to take their loved ones to private healthcare centres. High prices of platelet kits due to their shortage in the market have added to the wows and miseries of dengue patients and their families.
According the Punjab Health Department officials, Epidemic Control Wing has purchased more platelet kits from Islamabad, Karachi and Shaukat Khanum Hospital Lahore. They said that the department was importing kits that would reach Lahore in few days.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting to review measures for controlling dengue in the province. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, MPAs Dr Saeed Elahi, Khawaja Imran Nazir and Secretary Health Fawad Hassan Fawad were present. The elected representatives and Secretary Health informed the meeting that in addition to carrying out spray, free kits were also provided to the patients. On the instructions of Chief Minister Punjab, MPAs visited different hospitals to review treatment facilities provided to the dengue patients. They said that no patient was in serious condition in any hospital and a large number of patients have been discharged after recovery. It was further informed that there were enough kits at hospitals for the treatment of dengue patients.
The Chief Minister said that the steps taken for controlling dengue virus have yielded positive results and the patients of dengue virus were fast recovering due to availability of better treatment facilities at hospitals.
He directed elected representatives to continue to pay visits to hospitals regularly for monitoring treatment facilities till the recovery of all patients. He directed Secretary Health to maintain supply of free kits to dengue patients and also take effective measures for curbing this disease in future.