Zero period’ in schools for dengue awareness session Special beds in KP govt hospitals set up for dengue patients

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Our Correspondents

Peshawar/Multan

Director General (DG), Health Services Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Arshad Ahmed has said that separate beds were setup in all major public sector hospitals of the province to provide quick treatment to patients of the dengue virus. Talking to media persons here, the DG Health Services said facility of free NS1 test was available in Government hospitals for confirmation of dengue virus. He said some private laboratories with poor technical knowhow conduct such tests by declaring it positive for monetary gains, thus creating panic among general public.
The DG health services said situation was under control and there was no serious threat of the virus’ outbreak. He said around 2000 suspected cases were reported from 11 districts including Peshawar since January till date of which about 1000 were confirmed positive who were treated and discharged accordingly. Dr Arshad said the dengue symptoms can appear up to seven days in patients after being bitten by the mosquito that carried the virus.
Multan: Commissioner Iftikhar Ali Sahu Tuesday ordered officials to introduce ‘zero period’ in schools in Multan division to create awareness among students about hazards of dengue,its prevention and cure. Presiding over a meeting here, commissioner warned officials on false reporting regarding campaign against dengue mosquito observing that incorrect ‘All Is Well’ reports prove counter productive, stated an official statement.
Shops should be sealed and persons concerned be arrested in case dengue larvae was detected from their premises, he stressed. He said that provincial government was committed to free Punjab from dengue.

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