Sit-in participants advised to prevent them from mosquitoes
LAHORE—Public health experts have advised the participants of sit-in of Islamabad to wear full dress and use mosquito repellent lotion to protect themselves from mosquito bites, as there is an outbreak of dengue in Islamabad. Any slackness can cause infection of dengue fever to the protestors and the disease can spread in other areas.
A Cabinet Committee meeting on dengue held in Civil Secretariat under the Chairmanship of Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique, on Monday.
The public health experts observed that due to the dry weather and favourite daytime temperature for dengue breading can extend the dengue season up to December. Besides, senior officers of the concerned departments, DCO Lahore Capt. Muhammad Usman, Dean Institute of Public Health, Member Dengue Experts Advisory Group, Dr. Somia Iqtidar, Incharge Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Prof. Waseem Akram, officers from PITB, Metrological Department, Special Branch and EDO Health Lahore attended the meeting. DCOs and EDOs Health of Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Sargodha, Jhelum and Attock participated in the meeting through video link and apprised the meeting of the dengue situation and the measures taken in their respective districts to check the dengue.
Additional Director General Dengue Control Program Dr. Fayyaz Butt informed that in 2015 more than 2700 confirmed dengue patients were reported in Rawalpindi whereas during current year 897 patients have so far been reported. He said that last year, no patient was reported from Islamabad, however, during 2016 a total 1644 dengue patients have been reported in Islamabad and the majority of them was treated in the hospitals of Rawalpindi and still there are dengue patients from Islamabad admitted in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Holy Family and District Headquarter Hospital Rawalpindi. Prof. Waseem Akram revealed that as soon as the night temperature will decrease the mosquito will move inside the houses due to which there are chances in increasing the number of dengue patients.
He advised that targeted and need based fogging and spray should be carried out as and when required. Prof. Waseem Akram said that Town Incharge and UC Incharge should decide about the fogging or spray. Advisor to Chief Minister on Health, Kh. Salman Rafique directed the DCO Rawalpindi to review the arrangements for the treatment of dengue patients in the hospitals.