Health directors to supervise dengue control efforts

LAHORE: Punjab Health Secretary Muhammad Jehanzeb Khan has tasked health directors in ten separate towns across the city with supervising preventive arrangements for dengue fever, checking mosquito growth and provision of anti-mosquito sprays in the towns.

All the health directors would be working in collaboration with the city district government and are required to send a monitoring report to the health secretary on a daily basis. Khan said this, on Wednesday, while presiding over a meeting convened to review the arrangements for the prevention and treatment of dengue fever.

Health Special Secretary Waseem Mukhtar, Technical Additional Secretary Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Sulehrya, Health DG Dr Aslam Chaudhry, Deputy Secretary Saleha Saeed, CDC Director Dr Mubashar Malik and directors of all other towns also attended the meeting.The town directors presented their inspection reports in the meeting that revealed that stagnant water puddles were found in abundance in residential areas and heaps of garbage/solid waste was also found in streets. Moreover, water was found to be leaking from supply pipes at several places that were a haven for mosquitoes.

These preventive measures are being taken under the Health Education Campaign, initiated by the government. Banners were displayed in several Ramazan bazaars to create awareness regarding the campaign and the issue as well.Khan would convene a special meeting today (Thursday) in which medical superintendents of all the teaching hospitals in Lahore, Lahore Health EDO, Institute of Blood Transfusion Director, Bacteriologist to the Punjab government and all the provincial monitors of the department would attend the meeting.

The meeting would review provision of diagnostic facilities like ELISA and PCR at all teaching and DHQ hospitals, establishment of isolation wards in all teaching hospitals and separate desks for dengue patients as well as arrangements of cell separators.It was decided that all the provincial monitors would visit the allocated areas to monitor the control and prevention activities against dengue fever and rectification of gaps identified. – Dailytimes