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29 new dengue patients arrive in govt hospitals

29 new dengue patients arrive in govt hospitals

RAWALPINDI: The number of dengue patients in three government hospitals has increased by 24 this Tuesday, bringing the total to 159 in just two weeks.

Dengue serology reports were positive for 15 patients at Holy Family Hospital (HFH). Seven patients were confirmed at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and the number of patients increased from 12 to 14 at the District Headquarters (DHQ) hospital.

The City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) is meeting twice a day to review various departments with regards to anti-dengue measures.

An anti-dengue drive review meeting was held on Tuesday, and was attended by Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Raja Mohammad Hanif, adviser on dengue to the Punjab chief minister Dr Waseem Akram, additional director general health, dengue Dr Islam Zafar and others. The meeting reviewed the progress of various anti-dengue initiatives.

During the meeting, officials presented data from three government hospitals, but data has not been collected from private hospitals and clinics.

A senior CDGR official told Dawn that it was the health department’s responsibility to collect data from private hospitals, laboratories and clinics of confirmed dengue patients.

The official said that Rawal Town and Potohar Town administrations also did not have data from private hospitals within its administrative control.

“The administrations have also failed to remove bushes and grass in graveyards, leading to an increase in patients from nearby areas,” he said.

Speaking at the meeting, MPA Hanif said that the CDGR was carrying out anti-dengue measures with the help of provincial departments, agencies and local leaders, and was mobilising all its available resources.

Hanif said that the government was committed to overcoming the dengue outbreak, and that effective measures were being carried out to address the dengue cases in the city.

Director Monitoring School Department Rana Abdul Qayyum said that 265 schools were screened.

College director Prof Humayun Iqbal said that private hostels would be inspected on Wednesday, and the managing director for solid waste disposal said tons of solid waste had been removed from Rawalpindi during the anti-dengue campaign.

Published in Dawn, September 9th, 2015

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