Minister orders boosting up anti-dengue drive


Salim Ahmed

Punjab Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Khawaja Salman Raffique has directed the concerned departments to boost up dengue outdoor and indoor surveillance in those districts where larva is not reported or identified in less quantity.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at S&GAD Committee Room, Civil Secretariat today. Besides, Elected Public Representatives, Senior Officers of the concerned departments, Public Health Experts, Convener Dengue Experts Advisory Group Prof. Faisal Masood, Dr. Saumia Iqtidar, In-Charge Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof. Wasim Akram, Deputy Commissioner Lahore Syed Sumair Ahmad, CEO Health Lahore, Additional Secretaries of Specialized Healthcare and Primary Healthcare Departments, Dean IPH and the officers from PITB attended the meeting. Deputy Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers Health of Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Jehlum, Multan, Attock and Rahim Yar Khan participated in the meeting through Videolink. Convener of DEAG and former VC KEMU Prof. Faisal Masood advised that dengue patients should be treated very carefully.
He said that flow chart of the dengue patients must be maintained to monitor intake and outcome of the patients. He said that only trained doctors, nurses from DEAG should be deputed for the treatment of dengue patients. Giving experts opinion, Prof. Faisal Masood further said that if the blood pressure of such patients decrees below hundred the patient must immediately be shifted from DHQ Hospital to Tertiary Care Hospital for intensive care.
Prof. Wasim Akram observed that there is a dire need of improving dengue surveillance in the districts. He said that Dengue Risk Districts are still under reporting.