Efforts underway to control dengue: Zafar

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Staff Reporter

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza has said that his Ministry is leading all out efforts being made to prevent and contain Dengue virus in the federal capital. He Under direction of the Ministry all hospitals are fully geared to manage Dengue cases.
He said on Friday that free diagnosis and treatment of Dengue will be given to all patients and no confirm patient will be refused admission. Dengue patients brought from a village contiguous with Rawalpindi have been treated in Holy Family and Benazir Bhutto hospitals and 90 percent have been discharged. There has so far been no fatality from Dengue in Islamabad, he added.
The Special Assistant to PM on Health said that Dengue Control Cell is working round the clock and is in continuous liaison with all concerned departments, public and private hospitals, civic bodies, DMA and MCI. Islamabad Administration regularly hold meetings to review situation and take immediate measures required.
Dr. Zafar Mirza said that Hospital Based Surveillance system is in place as soon as the patient reaches a hospital and confirmed for dengue fever the Dengue Control Cell gets information from the dengue Dash board about patient profile. The Rapid Response Team is immediately sent to the affected area to contain further spread by spraying and fogging in and around patient’s home and 48 houses around the home with an aim to kill the adult virus laden mosquitoes. Rapid Response Teams are working since the last two months, he informed.
He said that an aggressive preventive campaign is underway including Identifying and destroying mosquito breeding sites, covering open drinking containers, removal of tyres, shoppers, plastic bottles and other wastes from roofs, draining water from room coolers and trays of refrigerators.

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