PHC directs KP to seek help from other provinces

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Dengue continues to ring alarm bells

Tariq Saeed

Peshawar

With the fatal dengue fever continues to ring alarming bells in the Peshawar and other parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa claiming around two dozen lives and affecting over three thousand people till date, a Peshawar High Court (PHC) bench on Tuesday directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to seek support from other provinces to control the current outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in Peshawar and other areas.
A tow-member bench of PHC comprised of Justice Qaisar Rasheed and Justice Ijaz Anwar were hearing a petition of lawyer Saifullah Muhib Kakakhel against the alleged negligence of the provincial government towards the current dengue outbreak. The court directed the provincial government to set up a special anti-dengue cell at the provincial level and provide the latest anti-dengue testing machines to all major hospitals to control the dengue outbreak.
Deputy Commissioner Peshawar and Secretary Health appeared in the court and apprised the bench of measures taken against the dengue outbreak. Deputy Commissioner told the court that according to the report of the federal institution, dengue cases decreased in the province due to the measures taken. He said that fumigation has been carried out in the affected areas. The court observed that the province has suffered huge loss due to terrorism. The court remarked that the performance of health department was worst to counter dengue disease.
Further directing the government, the court ordered that the anti-dengue campaign must not be confined to Peshawar alone and should be expanded to other cities as well. It may be recalled that the epidemic has been playing hell in Peshawar and other districts including Swabi, Mardan, Buner, Charsadda, Nowshera and Kohat for the last over a month and in the Provincial metropolis alone around a dozen people have been eaten up by the dengue fever more than thousands other affected in few union councils of Peshawar with Tehkal area hard-hit. Despite hectic efforts from the health departments also assisted by the expert teams from Punjab, the dengue fever remained uncontrolled sending a wave of anxiety and harassment among the dwellers.