Yasmin raises alarm about dengue fever

Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid on Thursday warned against sharp hike in dengue fever cases due to more rainfall in the province.

The provincial health minister said that surveillance testing of suspected cases of dengue virus has been stepped up adding that medicines have been made available for dengue patients at all government hospitals.

The minister directed all commissioners and DCs to supervise personally the anti-dengue campaigns.

She urged for indicating hot spots of dengue to eliminate dengue larvae.
Rashid also appealed people to keep their homes, shops and offices clean.

“We have to fight dengue virus with a coordinated strategy like the coronavirus”, health minister said.

The health minister urged the administration to work hard to control dengue in the province adding that negligence will not be tolerated in surveillance of dengue virus.

She directed administration officials to keep constant vigilance to address the dengue fever virus.

It is to be mentioned here that dengue fever is fastest spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world today.

Meanwhile, as many as 184942 corona patients were recovered in 200 public sector hospitals being run under the control of Specialized and Primary & Secondary Healthcare departments.

in which 30 are situated in Lahore while 720 patients were recovered during the last 24 hours.

This was disclosed by Barrister Nabeel Ahmed Awan, Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department, Punjab today.

He said that 6685 beds are reserved in all govt. owned hospitals for corona patients, out of which 4055 beds are unoccupied.

Likewise, 1601 beds reserved in govt. hospitals of the provincial metropolis and 777 beds are vacant so far, he added.

The Secretary SHC&MED added that in view of the surging corona pandemic, the Specialized Healthcare Department has arranged 3207 beds in Isolation wards of all govt. hospitals in the province, out of which, 2298 beds are vacant.

However, 447 beds for corona patients are reserved in isolation wards set up in govt. hospitals of Lahore and 299 beds are unoccupied.

In addition, 2857 beds are also reserved in HDU for patients suffering from Covid-19 in all the hospitals of Punjab government and 1493 beds are vacant while, in hospitals of Lahore, 906 beds reserved in HDU and 439 beds are unoccupied, Nabeel Awan added.


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