LAHORE - Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that the government will take all steps for checking possible spread of Ebola virus and treatment of affected persons.

Chairing a meeting to review arrangements for checking Ebola virus and treatment of possible patients at Services Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday, he said that guidelines of WHO and medical experts will be implemented in this regard.

Director General Health Punjab Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Principal SIMS Prof Hamid Mehmood Butt, Prof Aziz-ur-Rehman, Prof Ghazala Jaffari, Associate Prof Sobia Qazi, Prof Javed Gardazi, Director Health (CDC) Dr Ahmed Afifi, MS Services Hospital Capt (R) Muhammad Zafar, Director Emergency Services Hospital Dr Muhammad Ashraf and Dr Yahya Butt attended the meeting.

Dr. Sobia told the meeting that Ebola virus is a fatal disease in which 70 to 80 percent death rate has been recorded. Prof Gardezi said that Ebola virus is a disease of African countries and only those people suffer from it who travel to affected areas. He said that there is no chance of Ebola spread in Pakistan at present, however, steps for screening of passengers coming from abroad are necessary at the airports. Medical experts discussed in detail the arrangements regarding treatment of patients and spread of Ebola virus.

Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz said that Health Department is taking steps according to the WHO guidelines for eradication of Ebola virus and treatment of patients. He told that an ambulance of Health Department will be allocated for Lahore Airport which will shift the patients to the hospital, if needed.

He told that arrangements are also being made for preparing isolation wards for Ebola virus patients. Senior medical experts assured the meeting that they are ready to face every challenge and SIMS experts will submit their recommendations.

Separately, the adviser chaired a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Dengue and announced visiting Rawalpindi to review the situation.

DCO Lahore Muhammad Usman, EDO Dr Zulfiqar Ali, Additional Director General Health Vector Born Diseases Dr Islam Zafar, Dean IPH Prof Moaz Ahmed, Dr Somia Iqtidar, District Officer Health Rawalpindi, senior officers of Incharge departments of all towns, Director General PITB, officers of Special Branch, Cantonment Board, Environment Department and Information & Culture department attended the meeting.

Dr Islam Zafar said that 113 dengue patients were under treatment in the province. He said Rawalpindi has badly affected whereas situation in Lahore and Sheikhupura was under control.

DCO Lahore informed about the activities of City District Government with regard to steps of outdoor and indoor dengue surveillance. He told that targeted fogging and indoor spray is being carried out according to guidelines of the experts where larvae or mosquito is found. He said that case response is also being ensured in the houses of dengue patients.