Anti-dengue SOPs 3,061 FIRs registered over violations

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The Rawalpindi administration had registered as many as 3,061 FIRs on violations of anti-dengue SOPs from January 1 to date in various areas of the Rawalpindi district, said District Coordinator Epidemics Prevention and Control Dr Sajjad Mehmood here Sunday.

Giving details of the punitive actions, the health officer said that the district administration, in collaboration with allied departments, had sealed 686 premises, issued Challans to 7,893, notices to 14,936, and a fine of Rs 11,255,643 imposed on violations of dengue SOPs in 2022. Dr Sajjad informed that around 4,699 confirmed cases had been reported in the district this year, while the number was 6,242 in 2019, 17 in 2020, and 2,363 in 2021. The health officer further stated that presently,42 patients having positive symptoms were admitted to the citys allied hospitals, including 19 to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital,12 to the District Headquarters Hospital, and 11 to the Holy Family Hospital(HFH). Dr Sajjad said that due to decreasing temperatures, dengue fever cases had registered a sharp reduction in the district during the last two weeks, adding since the previous two weeks daily, around 20 to 30 cases had been brought to the districts health facilities, while earlier, the number of daily patients was 60 to 80. The health officer informed that only six cases were reported on the last day.

Moreover, as many as 1,014 special children with disabilities have been screened for various diseases enrolled at 12 special education centres in the district. District focal person for the screening of special children drives, Fehmida Malik told APP that the district health Authority in collaboration with Special Education Department and UNICEF, had launched the first phase of the screening drive for special children on October 18.

She informed that around 1,014 children had been screened out of the total 1783 children so far, while the screening of remaining children enrolled at the special education centres at Doltala, Gujar Khan, Taxila, and Tehsil Rawalpindi was underway, which would be covered in the next few days. Fehmida added that free-of-cost vision, hearing, HIV, nutrition, hygiene, physical, and psychological tests were being carried out at the special camps, adding medical consultation, examination, vaccination.

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