LAHORE - People getting dengue fever previously are not immune as different strain of virus is circulating in Lahore this year.

This year vectors are contaminated with Dengue-I serotype. Dengue-II serotype was prevalent last year. As such people getting dengue last year are immune against serotype II and not I. If bitten by infected mosquito, these people are at huge risk of getting dengue hemorrhagic fever - a condition that can lead to death.

This was informed at a meeting held at Civil Secretariat yesterday to review dengue situation. Adviser to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq and Additional Chief Secretary Shamail Ahmad Kh co-chaired the meeting. Rawalpindi Commissioner Azmat Ali along with other administrative officers and EDO (Health) participated through video link.

Lahore DCO Muhammad Usman Younas briefed the participants about dengue situation and patient management. He warned that people affected by dengue last year were at risk of DHF due to different serotype of virus this year.

The situation was under control due to effective larvae-cidal activities and better surveillance in all nine towns of Lahore except DHA, he added.

According to the DCO, 100 suspected patients have been identified and out of which 42 were confirmed.

The additional chief secretary directed the District Administration to focus on DHA and the adjoining areas of Aziz Bhatti, Nishter and Gulberg Town.

The meeting was also informed that Punjab will arrange conference on dengue control in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Federal Minister for CAD Dr Taraq Fazal Ch, Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar, Mayor Islamabad, Chairman CDA, Principal Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences Islamabad and Medical Superintendents of the hospitals in Islamabad will participate in the conference.

Kh Salman Rafiq directed distribution of pamphlets and informative literature among attendants to sensitize them regarding importance of cleanliness, sanitation and hygienic conditions. The objective of this move is to ensure active public participation to curb dengue.

RECRUITMENT OF MOS,

SPECIALISTS STARTS

Punjab Primary and Secondary Health Secretary Ali Jan Khan has said that recruitment of medical officers, women medical officers and specialist doctors has been started at DHQ and THQ hospitals through walk in interviews.

Online applications have been invited from candidates for this purpose.

The secretary said that specialist doctors would get additional incentive of Rs55000 to Rs120000 per month.

Khan said that the walk-in interviews for MOs/WMOs for 25 DHQ and 100 THQ hospitals would be held on every Thursday at DCO office of the concerned district.

Applications have also been invited from the specialists for the appointments on the posts of physicians, gynecologists, surgeons, paediatricians, cardiologists, radiologists, pathologists, ENT specialists and ophthalmologists in the DHQ Hospitals of Bahawalnagar and Narowal as well as in THQ Hospitals of Safdarabad, Sheikhupura; Rahim Yar Khan; Noorpur Thal, Khushab; Hazro, Attock; Quaidabad, Khushab; Kalor Kot, Bhakhar; Esakhel, Mianwali; Mankera, Bhakhar; and THQ Hospital Jand, district Attock.