Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid on Saturday said that the Punjab government has established a field hospital at Lahore Expo centre to provide timely treatment to the patients suffering from dengue fever.
“Punjab has witnessed a spike in dengue fever cases after 2018 and the first wave of dengue fever has worsened in Lahore.”
In a statement on Saturday, Dr Yasmin Rashid said that around 31 departments are working to control dengue outbreak in Punjab, adding that the Punjab government has been grappling with Covid-19, dengue and polio diseases simultaneously.
She further said that separate counters have been set up at government hospitals for dengue patients and a field hospital has also been set up at Lahore Expo centre to deal with dengue cases effectively.
“More than 50 employees of LGH will perform duty in the Dengue Filed Expo Centre,” said Dr Yasmin Rashid. The minister said that the war against dengue could not be won without raising public awareness and urged people to take precautionary measures to check breed of dengue mosquito.
According to the latest health department figures, Punjab reported 299 dengue cases across the province during the last 24 hours. Of the total cases, as many as 220 cases were recorded in Lahore alone.
Statistics reveal that dengue cases in Punjab have reached 3,475 since January 2021, with Lahore accounting for 2,708 of them. Officials said that field surveillance revealed the breeding of larvae at 2,580 places across the province, adding that 1,530 of them were spotted in Lahore.