LAHORE - Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique has said that senior doctors and consultants have been made duty bound to examine dengue patients twice a day (morning/evening).

He expressed these views while visiting Mayo Hospital and Services Hospital to inquire after the health of dengue patients on Thursday. Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar, Director General Health Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Incharge Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell and Chief Entomologist Prof Dr Waseem Akram were also present on this occasion.

Salman Rafique visited each patient in dengue ward individually and inquired about the treatment facilities extended to them. He also obtained information regarding their profession and residential address so that the nature of dengue fever could be assessed.

The senior doctors of both the hospitals briefed him about the condition of the patients. Salman directed the officers of Health Department to ensure implementation on SOPs of dengue case response and conduct Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) in and around 40 houses of the patients to control spread of dengue fever.

Chief Minister Dengue Research Cell Incharge Dr Waseem Akram said that although due to the decreasing temperature the incidence of larva in open places is minimized but due to the conducive temperature inside the houses dengue mosquito can refuge in bedrooms, stores, kitchen and other places, therefore, residents should remove all hotspots of dengue from their houses. He said that the only effective weapon against dengue is to take preventive measures and for this purpose vigorous awareness campaign is going on in Punjab through media.

Talking to the media, Salman Rafique said that the chief minister is personally monitoring the steps taken by different departments for eradication of dengue and every morning he reviews dengue status in Punjab especially Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura as these districts are badly affected by the dengue virus.

He said that public representatives, government officers and other agencies apprising the chief minister about the steps taken. He said that special instructions have been issued to all hospitals to implement the guidelines of Dengue Experts Advisory Group in the treatment of dengue patients.

“Vector surveillance has also been improved and additional staff has been deputed for indoor dengue surveillance. We have to change our lifestyle for effective control on dengue and community should play their due role enthusiastically,” Salman added.