Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has directed all concerned departments to play proactive role for the prevention and control of Dengue virus in the province further directing the immediate hiring of entomologists for exterminating the virus permanently from the province. While chairing a special meeting on control of Dengue virus, the Chief Minster was informed that no fatalities have been reported in Dengue positive patients whereas there has been a drastic decrease in the disease as compared with previous years.
The Chief Minister has also directed to initiate stern action against all those who were found involved in spreading false propaganda regarding the disease. The meeting was informed that NS-1 positive patients are falsely being diagnosed with Dengue fever by private laboratories who were responsible for creating panic among masses for monetary gains. As per details, 121,083 cases were reported during the year 2017 out of which 24,938 were found Dengue positive and the number of fatalities stood at 70. This year, only 1889 cases have been reported so far out of which 891 have been diagnosed with Dengue fever.
The Chief Minister was informed that 19 line departments are currently involved in curbing disease whereas special cells have been established in all government hospitals for diagnosing purposes.