Dengue counters in hospitals to be made affective: Suleman

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Staff Reporter

Lahore—Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh. Salman Rafique has directed that dengue counters established in the hospitals should be made effective and banners also be displayed for the awareness of the patients.
He directed to conduct third party validation of indoor-outdoor dengue surveillance teams particularly in Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Multan and Sheikhpura districts.
He stated this while presiding over a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue at Civil Secretariat, Tuesday.
Besides, Pir Ashraf Rasool MPA, Senior Officers of all the concerned departments as well as DCOs of Lahore and Sheikhpura attended the meeting. Commissioners and DCOs of Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan participated in the meeting through video link.
The meeting was briefed about the indoor-outdoor dengue surveillance activities and other steps taken for dengue control by the different departments.
The officers of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) and the Special Branch pointed out gaps in the dengue surveillance activities and arrangements in the hospitals.
It was informed that majority of private hospitals are not providing data regarding dengue patients to PITB.
Moreover, there is a need to improve dengue patient reporting system of public sector hospitals.
Kh. Salman Rafique directed that a vibrant data collection system from the private hospitals and general medical practitioners should be evolved and implementation on it also be ensured.
Kh. Salman Rafique directed the officers of the concerned departments to remove the gaps pointed out in the PITB and Special Branch reports.
The Advisor directed to call a meeting of medical superintendents of public sector hospitals on Monday.
The convener of Dengue Experts Advisory Group (DEAG) and Vice Chancellor of KEMU Prof. Faisal Masood will also attend the meeting to sensitize the administrative doctors of Government hospitals regarding the fresh standard operating procedures (SOPs) of patient care management of dengue.

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