PHC ordered to ensure Dengue counters in private hospitals

Lahore, (HRNW) : A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Dengue Control chaired by Provincial Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid decided to intensify anti-dengue activities in all districts, especially in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad. It also directed the Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) to ensure the availability of dengue counters at all the private hospitals.

Provincial Auqaf Minister Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan Shah, Chief Secretary Punjab Kamran Ali Afzal, the secretary primary health, commissioner, deputy commissioner Lahore and officers concerned attended the meeting held at the Civil Secretariat on Friday while divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners participated through video link.

Dr. Yasmin Rashid said that keeping in view the current situation, special attention should be paid to indoor surveillance and in case of fever, dengue test of the patient must be conducted. She directed the officers to improve the system of reporting dengue cases from private laboratories. She mentioned that continuous and concerted efforts were needed to eradicate dengue.

The Chief Secretary Punjab directed all the departments to ensure implementation of the guidelines issued regarding dengue and improve the quality of monitoring, surveillance and reporting. He said that it was the responsibility of the deputy commissioner to monitor the anti-dengue campaign in districts, adding that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard. The Chief Secretary also issued instructions to the deputy commissioners of Sheikhupura and Mianwali regarding timely resolution of Dengue Virus Reporting (DVR) complaints. The Secretary Primary Health briefed the meeting that so far 450 confirmed dengue patients have been reported this year and most of them have been reported from Lahore.

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