RAWALPINDI – A dengue patient was admitted in Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) while two others dengue suspected patients were admitted in Holy Family Hospital (HFH), sources revealed on Saturday.

According to sources, a dengue suspected patient namely Anita Bibi, aged 24, hails from Mansehra, was taken to BBH two days before with symptoms of high fever and vomiting. The medics checked her platelets and found low below the safe line. Upon this, the patient was shifted to Dengue ward for treatment. The doctors also took her blood samples and conducted dengue serology at the hospital which declared her dengue patient.

A doctor on duty in BBH Dengue Ward Dr Umer Saeed confirmed the report and said that the patient was suffering from dengue. He said that the condition of the patient was stable. He expressed hope that the patient would recover soon as she was recovering. On the other hand, two dengue suspected patients reportedly were also arrived at HFH and being given treatment. MS HFH Dr Fayyaz did not receive his cell phone when contacted by this scribe to get his comments on the issue.

Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner/District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar directed the officials of health department and Municipal Administrations to complete larva siding campaign till March 31, 2012.

After that spray against dengue virus would be started from the 1st of April so that the dengue mosquitoes could not be flourished, he added. All the graveyards, ponds and public places should not be ignored in this campaign and the ongoing campaign against the tyre shops should also be accelerated. Private and cooperative housing societies as well as private schools administrations should be served with notices to arrange the fogging spray with their own resources, he said.

The DCO passed these directions in a meeting held on Saturday under his chairmanship to review the progress of arrangements of anti-dengue campaign.

The meeting was also attended by EDO Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal, MD PHA Capt (Retd) Muhstaq Ahmed, ADC Saif Anwar Jappah, DO Health Dr Khalid Randhawa, Incharge  Anti Dengue Campaign Dr Ansar Ishaq, DFC Shafiq Niazi, TMO Potohar Town Malik Mumtaz Ahmed, TMO Rawal Town Wasiq Ullah Qureshi, Secretary RTA Asad Raza Kazmi and other concerned authorities.

During the meeting, EDO Health Dr Zafar Iqbal Gondal, DO Health Dr Khalid Randhawa and Incharge Anti Dengue Campaign Dr Ansar Ishaq, while giving briefing, said that in the district during current larva siding campaign, a total of 99,700 houses were checked out of which in 71 houses dengue larvae presence were found where spray of granules had been conducted.

In 13 union councils of Potohar Town, this campaign had been completed while in remaining UCs this campaign was going on and would be completed up to the end of this month. In Rawal town, 273 tyre shops were checked and the open tyres had been shifted inside the shops.

Similarly, 172 hotels and restaurants were checked and they served warning notices that kitchens should be made clean and accumulated water should be drained out.

MD PHA Capt (Retd) Muhstaq Ahmed informed the meeting that in the public parks of Rawalpindi city the larvae siding campaign was being done. He informed that PHA staff had been provided special uniform for this campaign and the spray campaign would be started from 1st of April.

DCO also directed the Health Department of City District Government to focus godowns of Food department also. DO (Fisheries) has been directed by the DCO to send complete data of government managed ponds to his office so that the anti-dengue spray could be carried out there.