Punjab controls Dengue Fever with effective preventive measures


 Punjab controls Dengue Fever with
effective preventive measures

LAHORE: Dengue Fever which had become a major public health problem in the province of Punjab last year has now been effectively controlled with effective preventive measures. The strategy to control this deadly disease was chalked out by the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and the campaign was spearheaded by Khawaja Salman Rafique Advisor to the Chief Minister on Health. The concerted efforts have born fruit with the result that this year only one hundred twenty patients were admitted with Dengue Fever. This was stated by Dr. Zahid Pervez Medial Superintendent of Mayo Hospital Lahore. He was speaking at a function organized in the Academic Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Mayo Hospital on October 12th 2012 to celebrate the establishment of indoor facilities for child psychiatry patients.
Giving figures for the last year Dr. Zahid Pervez said that during 2011, the province had over fifty thousand cases of dengue fever of which over ten thousand were admitted and sixty eight deaths were recorded. However, this year all the dengue fever patients have been discharged after treatment. The number of patients admitted on October 12th2012 suffering from dengue fever, he said were just four. All this became possible due to the personal efforts of Health Advisor Khawaja Salman Rafique who has been visiting the hospital quite frequently. During the last year even at times the patients would ask when Dr. Salman Rafique will come to see the patients, he remarked.
Khawaja Salman Rafique who was also present on this occasion commended the efforts put in by the members of the medical profession to look after the patients in general and dengue fever patients in particular. As compared to the last year, they were also better trained and hence managed the patients much better which has made all the difference. We could control Dengue Fever because all the stake holders got together and worked as a team. Effective preventive measures were taken throughout the province and a strict vigil was maintained. Doctors were also provided training in effective management of these dengue fever patients which has gone a long way in saving many lives. He praised the devotion and dedication of the healthcare professionals and hoped that they would continue to serve the ailing humanity with the same zeal and devotion.