Islamabad: Today in a high profile meeting to review Dengue Control measure, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Zafar Mirza shared that surveillance teams are doubled to increase active surveillance of dengue spread. He also directed to ensure compulsory spray for dengue and larva control. The meeting was attended by the Secretary, MoNHSR&C, DG, MoNHSR&C, officials from hospitals and administration from Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Dr. Zafar Mirza directed to compile details of all dengue victims to ensure compulsory spray in the vicinity of effected areas. An emergency cell has been established in rural Islamabad at Union Council Tarlai so that to expedite active monitoring. Dr. Zafar Mirza also directed to bring private hospitals in the ambit of surveillance.
Dr. Zafar Mirza shared during the meeting that immediate measures are being taken to control dengue in light of the directives of the Prime Minister and free medication is being provided to all patients. He further directed to ensure availability of all resources to control the menace.
The meeting was informed that 90% of the patients do not require hospital admission, effective consultation and guidance with proper care can improve the patient’s conditions at home.
It was shared that general public be requested to ensure that when a patient is brought to a health facility it is both the responsibility of health staff and the patient’s attendants to provide their correct address so that teams could be sent to the area to take necessary measures to protect others residing in the community.