LAHORE - Another 34 more were tested positive for the deadly virus on Saturday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 1823.  Out of 34 new cases, 18 were reported from Lahore and 16 from Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has directed senior doctors to examine the dengue patients in private hospitals and send report to the Health Department on a regular basis.  Chairing a meeting of Vice Chancellors and Principals of medical institutions and Medical Superintendents of teaching hospitals at King Edward Medical University, he directed the administration of government hospitals to mention complete address and contact number of dengue patient on admission form instead of mentioning only locality. Special Secretary Health Babar Hayat Tarar and Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz also attended the meeting. 

Kh Salman Rafiq said that incomplete address of dengue patient creates problem in case response and indoor residual spray. He directed that the disease diagnosed by the clinicians must be mentioned at the discharge slip. He said that mortality rate could be reduced by improving clinical management.

Special Secretary Health directed the MSs to furnish weekly duty roster of senior registrars deputed in dengue wards on every Saturday.

Prof Faisal Masood said that all the Teaching Hospitals should implement the SOPs prepared for dengue patients two years back. He informed that Dengue Experts Advisory Group has trained doctors of government as well as private hospitals and the training of new doctors is also continuing.

The meeting discussed in detail treatment and case management of dengue patients. It was decided that medical officer would not discharge dengue patient from the hospital without the advice of consultant and all the patients coming with dangerous signs must be admitted.

Cleanliness

Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) has cleaned 981 open plots and transported 29214 tons of waste to landfill sites during weeklong operations cleanup. Plot clearance operations were carried out in all the towns with special focus on rural areas where open plots are observed frequently to be turned into heaps of garbage. LWMC responded to 56 plot clearance complaints received on Helpline as well as 17 other complaints registered by special branch.  Anti dengue spray has been ensured in and around the LWMC’s 4665 waste containers placed across the city as precautionary and preventive measures.

Besides, community mobilization and awareness activities are being carried out in educational institutions, dengue effected residential areas and markets to sensitize citizens on preventive measures. Rural and underprivileged localities are given special focus in this regard. According to company spokesperson, cleanliness and dengue awareness campaign would be initiated in the next week in the residential areas adjacent to city’s major drains i.e. Satukatla Drain, Cant Drain, Khizarabad Drain, Shahdra Drain, Shalimar Drain and Chota Upper Ravi Drain.