Health Minister for strict vigilance to avoid Dengue outbreak

ISLAMABAD: Federal Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar Wednesday stressed the need for maintaining high level of vigilance to avoid any Dengue outbreak situation in the federal capital.

Chairing a high level meeting here to review the dengue situation in Islamabad, the minister directed that case response should be essentially undertaken to ensure that there was proper surveillance especially in the areas from where dengue cases are reported.

She urged senior officials from Islamabad to work in close coordination for common cause of preventing the residents of the city from dengue virus.

The minister said five-member team for each union council in Islamabad should be constituted for surveillance and asked ICT Administration to prepare a list of high risk zones.

She called for urgent steps by CDA to ensure safe management of solid waste and cleanliness in the city.

Saira Afzal Tarar also constituted a committee under the chair of Executive Director NIH Brig. Aamir Ikram to coordinate with all stakeholders and ensure all measures to ensure dengue prevention and control are in place.

The minister said that any human resource related issue in CDA and ICT must be resolved expeditiously to ensure effective response to challenges like dengue.

On the occasion, Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry Minister of State for CADD said that his ministry was vigilant and all hospitals in the federal capital under his Ministry were fully prepared to manage and treat dengue patient.

On this occasion, Khawaja Salman Rafiq and Khawaja Imran Nazir briefed the Minister and shared experience of Punjab Government in controlling dengue. Punjab offered capacity building to Islamabad health personnel and access to dengue dash board.

Secretary CADD informed the meeting that a coordination cell was established in his Ministry on dengue prevention.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Minister of State for CADD Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Minister for Specialized Medical Care Punjab Khawaja Salman Rafiq, Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Punjab Khawaja Imran Nazir, Secretary CADD, Executive Director NIH, Chief Commissioner Islamabad, heads of tertiary care hospitals in Islamabad besides other senior health officials.

The meeting took stock of the current reports of dengue cases and discussed in detail measures being taken for prevention and control of dengue in Islamabad.