Houses to have red sticker, if dengue larvae detected:Minister

RAWALPINDI: Red stickers would be pasted on houses from where dengue larvae is detected, as the adjacent residents are affected from its spread, said Provincial Minister for special Health care and medical education Khawja Salman Rafique while visiting the dengue ward set up in Holy Family Hospital (HFH) here Wednesday.

The Minister said dengue is under control in the province despite favorable weather condition for dengue spread and the number of patients across the province is 162 which is low compared to the previous years.

He said a large number of dengue suspects were brought to city hospitals belonged to Haripur, Peshawar in KPK and Muzaffarabad and Kotli in AJK.

The Minister said during surveillance dengue larvae was detected from 2500 room coolers in the city which is alarming.

He said as large number of people daily come from Peshawar, and AJK and around 30,000 were reported in KPK, so there is need to create awareness among the people to be careful about travelers coming from these areas.

He directed the officials concerned to keep close liaison and with public representatives to completely wipe out the outbreak of dengue.

Khawaja Salman interacted with dengue-affected patients and inquired about treatment and other facilities being provided to them at the allied hospital.

Majority of the patients expressed satisfaction on the treatment and medical care being provided to them.

The Minister was also briefed about the prevailing situation regarding dengue fever and treatment in three allied hospitals of the town.

Salman asked HFH administration to provide maximum possible facilities to dengue fever suspects and patients reaching hospitals as Punjab government has provided latest equipment to ensure proper treatment of those admitted.

He said officials should themselves visit the dengue-affected areas and review the quality of medical facilities being provided to the patients in hospitals.

Minister for primary health care Khawja Imran Nazir ,Advisor to CM on Dengue Dr Waseem Akram, Chief Executive Officer Health Dr Fayyaz Ahmed Butt,Principal Allied Hospitals Dr Umer, Medical Superintendent Dr Shahzad Ahmed and others accompanied the advisor, who met patients admitted in the ward.