ISLAMABAD - The Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (SZAB) Medical University, PIMS, has reserved special rooms for possible dengue related patients. It has been done on the directives of Vice Chancellor SZAB Medical University Prof. Javed Akram.  “We have made elaborate arrangements for any upcoming dengue patients at the hospital and reserved the isolation ward to treat dengue related cases,” Prof. Javed Akram told the media here on Tuesday.

He pointed out that 25 beds have been reserved for dengue patients while in case of any outbreak of the disease, PIMS has the capacity to tackle over 100 patients.

He said that patients with dengue symptoms mainly visit the emergency wards or OPDs but “till date we have not treated any dengue related patient at the emergency or OPD.”  It is worth noting here that the dengue treatment-related steps were taken in view of the “best health practices initiative already launched at the hospital”.

The vice chancellor noted that hospital had the platelets segregation machines and “is prepared to meet any dengue outbreak in the capital city.”

He informed the media persons that some “dengue patients might require transfusion of platelets and this facility is available at PIMS.”

“The blood bank officials have already been conveyed with the directions to have a separate desk to address the demand of blood and platelets needs of any case which may turn up related to dengue at the hospital,” added the executive director. “We have learnt a lot from previous experiences when we ran out of platelets and this time we also have platelets kits,” said Prof. Javed Akram. 

Relating to the treatment of dengue patients, he said PIMS has maintained good stock of blood platelets, the essential ingredients for the treatment of the disease. Commenting on the treatment of dengue patients he said: “Platelets are needed when a patient’s blood does not have the normal clotting ability.”

According to public health experts, if timely treatment is not provided, the disease may turn into life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever.

They said that fever might lead to bleeding, low levels of platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome - a dangerously low blood pressure.

He said the National Institute of Health would also assist in early diagnosis of the disease.