Sit-in par­tic­i­pants ad­vised to pre­vent them from mos­qui­toes

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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.

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