Everything available to deal with dengue: Dr Yasmin Says situation being monitored constantly to meet any eventuality


Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Sunday declared that adequate beds, medicines and other facilities are available for dengue patients in all government hospitals, saying no negligence or laxity will be tolerated on the part of the officials.

“The government is monitoring dengue situation constantly and all-out measures will be taken for elimination of dengue.”

Sharing details, the Health Minister informed that 107 beds have been reserved for dengue patients in Mayo Hospital, 74 beds have been reserved in General Hospital and 226 beds are available for dengue patients at Expo Centre Field Hospital.

The minister pointed out that there is still an enhancement capacity of 250 beds for dengue patients in teaching hospitals of Lahore.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that dengue situation is being monitored and beds, medicines and other facilities will be increased as, where and when required.

Meanwhile, Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid on Sunday paid a surprise visit to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital in Rawalpindi.

Vice-Chancellor Rawalpindi Medical University Dr Omar joined the Minister later as well. The Health Minister visited the dengue ward and monitored services and facilities being provided to the patients.

The Health Minister enquired after the health of the patients and got firsthand feedback from them about the services. Patients expressed satisfaction over the services.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Omar apprised the Minister of services and shared update on dengue situation and arrangements.

The Health Minister said, “Adequate facilities for dengue patients are available for dengue patients. Currently 204 patients are under treatment at Rawalpindi hospitals.

In the last 24 hours as many as 90 patients were admitted. Dengue situation is under constant surveillance.

We have enhanced anti-dengue activities and I appreciate VC Rawalpindi Medical University and administration for making good arrangements. Another addition in beds was made last night in teaching hospitals of Lahore.

On directions from Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, services for dengue patients are monitored through visits of different public sector hospitals.”

Meanwhile, the health minister reviewed vaccination arrangements and expressed satisfaction. Deputy Commissioner Lahore apprised the Minister of anti-dengue and Corona prevention activities.

The Health Minister said, “We are trying to vaccinate maximum people through Reach Every Door Campaign.

We will try to make RED Corona vaccination campaign a big success as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

By December the Universal Health Coverage shall be extended to all 29.3 million families of Punjab. We want to do away with lockdowns through vaccination of the majority of the population. Corona Pandemic has caused big losses to the economy.

Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking necessary measures to provide relief to people and he will provide Ehsas Cards and Kissan cards to people.

Today, officials of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department shall visit hospitals to monitor dengue treatment facilities and officers of the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department shall monitor dengue prevention activities. So far we have hired 46000 healthcare workers on merit.

Mass vaccination shall help us control the Pandemic and we are personally monitoring Reach Every Door campaign. The vaccination target set for RED campaign shall be achieved.”


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