Suleman directs dengue units at hospitals be kept functional


Staff Reporter

Lahore—A special meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue was held on Thursday at Civil Secretariat under the Chairmanship of Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique. Besides, Secretary Primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan, DG Health Services Dr. Mukhtar Hussain Syed, Senior Officers of the department and Medical Superintendents of public sector hospitals attended the meeting.
The medical superintendents of the hospitals of other districts participated in the meeting through video link. Secretary Dengue Expert Advisory Group (DEAG) and Associate Professor of King Edward Medical University Dr. Somiya Iqtidar shared the information regarding dengue patients reporting with the medical superintendents of the hospitals and provided guidance regarding the filling of outdoor and indoor form prepared for dengue patients by DEAG.
Khawaja Salman Rafique directed all the medical superintendents to ensure filling of OPD and registration form of dengue patients and data sharing with the Punjab Information Technology Board. He directed that dengue counters and high dependency unit established in the hospitals should be kept functional.
The meeting reviewed indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance activities by the surveillance teams. Secretary primary & Secondary Health Ali Jan Khan directed the officers that DHQ and THQ hospitals should send daily report regarding the suspected, probable and confirmed dengue patients to the department and PITB.
Khawaja Salman Rafique informed that as per directions of Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, medicines audit of the teaching hospitals as well as DHQ and THQ hospitals has been started and a Chartered Firm M/s. Earnest & Young has been assigned the target which would be completed within 10 to 12 weeks. The representatives of M/s E&Y Ali Qamar apprised the meeting regarding methodology of third party validation and medicines audit of the hospitals.

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