Punjab fully ready to combat dengue: SACM


Says PML-N spreading disinformation by politicising dengue issue

Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Information Hassan Khawar on Thursday said the anti-dengue program of the Punjab government is comprehensive and well-devised to combat dengue.

“However, it lacks a hat and long shoes because the government believes in performance instead of exhibitory projection and snobbery.”

In a statement issued here on Thursday, the SACM emphasized that the government has taken every possible step to overcome the dengue situation.

“Two million houses have been inspected for dengue larvae and larviciding was carried in 0.4 million and 90,000 open spots by the teams of anti-dengue brigade.”

Similarly, the officials have carried out fogging and spray at 130,000 hot spots besides 48 houses around the areas where dengue larva is found while fogging and spray is being conducted upon the detection of the dengue larva, the SACM informed.

Hasaan Khawar said that medical facilities and beds etc are available in government hospitals to treat dengue patients.

Meanwhile, a 280-bed dengue field hospital has also been set up at the EXPO centre with the option to further expand the facility. Dengue test was being conducted free by government officials and Rs.90 is charged in private labs, he added.

Alongside, 40 million paracetamol tablets were available in government hospitals, he further said.

The SACM and Primary and Secondary Health Dept Secretary Imran Sikandar Baloch accompanied the media teams to the control room of the primary and secondary health department where health teams monitor the disease situation in the province through 150 screens.

In a media briefing, the SACM regretted the PML-N leadership is spreading disinformation by politicising the dengue issue. Shehbaz Sharif’s cosmetic fogging of dengue resulted in spreading respiratory infections, he lamented.

As the dengue disease affects the lungs, the government was not taking any such action to protect the health of the public, he stated.
He enquired that who will be responsible for the well-being of those patients who are hesitating their treatment because of the spate of disinformation.

It is imperative to vaccinate around 80 million people in Punjab and 38 million people have been vaccinated so far, he added. Around 3000 health workers were affected due to corona and 45 lost their lives in the line of duty, he continued.

The health workers should not be discouraged through baseless allegations as they were fighting to save the lives of the people from corona and dengue. 8000 dengue cases have been reported which was spreading due to climate change, concluded the SACM.

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