ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Saturday said treatment facilities were being ensured to the dengue patients in public sector hospitals.
“The dengue patients will be provided with free of cost treatment and diagnostic services at all the federal government’s hospitals,” Dr Zafar Mirza said. He said keeping in view the current situation, leaves of doctors and paramedical staff had been cancelled.
According to a surveillance report, 7,921 dengue cases have been recorded and 16 people have died of dengue across Pakistan this year.
Fourth patient were died of dengue in Islamabad on Sept 19, said the Punjab health department. The patient was reportedly undergoing treatment before he passed away. Six people had already lost their lives because of the disease this year.
In the past 24 hours, 323 more people had been diagnosed with the virus in Lahore, 121 in Rawalpindi and 173 in Islamabad.
Shehbaz Sharif, former chief minister Punjab shows concern over the increasing cases of Dengue, he took to twitter and wrote, “The news reports of dengue spreading are hugely worrisome.”
On September 16, the maximum number of 194 cases of dengue were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, including 88 from Peshawar. In Punjab, cases were reported, including 82 in Rawalpindi, and 81 have been reported in Islamabad. Of the 36 cases reported in Sindh, 35 are from Karachi.
According to a report, hospitals have been put on high alert and field response is underway in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
This includes the distribution of bed nets, vector control through spraying and larva source management, sealing of open water containers and distribution of larvicidal chemicals, door-to-door distribution of pamphlets, announcements from mosques and group meetings in the affected communities.
The Punjab government said that they have also trained 20 health team members on the safe use of insecticidal chemicals.