Qaim ap­proves Rs 274m for Dengue preven­tion

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah has ap­proved Rs 274.982 mil­lion for first-ever Dengue Preven­tion & Con­trol Pro­gramme for next three years. He took this de­ci­sion while chair­ing a meet­ing of Health Depart­ment here, said a state­ment Thurs­day. Briefing the meet­ing, Sindh Sec­re­tary Health Saeed Mang­nijo said that Dengue is en­demic in more than 110 coun­tries and in­fects 50 to 528 mil­lion peo­ple all over the world an­nu­ally as over 25,000 deaths are re­ported world­wide due to the dis­ease.

This in­crease is be­lieved to be due to a com­bi­na­tion of ur­ban­iza­tion, pop­u­la­tion growth, in­creased in­ter­na­tional travel and global warm­ing, he said. He said first ma­jor out­break in Pak­istan oc­curred in 2010 when 4,072 cases were re­ported in Sindh and 5,400 in Pun­jab. In 2011 Pun­jab faced the worst type of epi­demic with 21,000 cases and 350 death while in Sindh, the re­ported cases were 1,079 with 18 deaths. He re­called that last year 3,692 cases were re­ported in Sindh with 11 death, while in Pun­jab more than 5000 cases were re­ported with 40 deaths.

He said that the Pun­jab govern­ment has launched a full-fledged Dengue pro­gramme in 2010. Sindh health depart­ment has con­trolled the dengue to some ex­tent even then a sep­a­rate Dengue con­trol pro­gramme is nec­es­sary to launch, he added. The Sec­re­tary said that from Jan­uary 2016 to Fe­bru­ary 24, some 217 dengue cases were re­ported in Karachi, of them 132 were ad­mit­ted in hospi­tals and 85 were given treated in OPD. In Hyderabad one pa­tient and Sha­heed Be­nazirabad one pa­tient were ad­mit­ted. "With the grace of God no death has oc­curred so far," he said.

Giv­ing data from 2010


2016, Sec­re­tary Health Saeed Mang­nijo said that 17,039 dengue cases were re­ported in the prov­ince, of them 106 had lost their lives. The Sindh CM tak­ing pol­icy de­ci­sion ap­proved Rs 274.982 mil­lion

for launch­ing Dengue Preven­tion & Con­trol Pro­gramme. The pro­gramme en­vis­aged ac­tive sur­veil­lance by col­lect­ing data from all pub­lic and pri­vate hospi­tals would be con­ducted, Iso­la­tion wards in all govern­ment hospi­tals to be es­tab­lished, eight cell sep­a­ra­tor ma­chines to be in­stalled in all Ter­tiary care hospi­tals, dengue di­ag­nos­tic kits and platelet mega units would be pro- vided in all govern­ment hospi­tals.

From the next year, this pro­gramme would be a part of ADP and to be op­er­ated on full scale. The meet­ing was at­tended by Se­nior Min­is­ter for Fi­nance & En­ergy Syed Mu­rad Ali Shah, Min­is­ter Health Jam Me­htab Da­har, Chief Sec­re­tary Sid­dique Me­mon, Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary Ala­mud­din Bullo, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary (Dev) Mo­ham­mad Waseem, Sec­re­tary Health Saeed Mang­nijo, Sec­re­tary Fi­nance So­hail Ra­jput, pro­gramme man­agers and pro­ject di­rec­tors of dif­fer­ent pro­gramms and schemes and oth­ers.

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