SECRETARY Agriculture Punjab Capt. (R) Arif Nadeem has said the discussion of local medical experts with Sri Lankan experts and sharing of knowledge regarding dengue will yield positive results, and the government in consultation with the medical experts will soon succeed in devising a future strategy for controlling dengue.
During a daily media briefing regarding present situation of dengue at the committee room of KEMU on Saturday, the Secretary Agriculture told the media that the Sri Lankan experts during their visit to different hospitals expressed satisfaction over the medical facilities being provided to the patients, and said that best medical facilities were being provided to the patients in government hospitals. He said that as per Sri Lankan experts, this mosquito bitted 90 percent people in houses and fogging and outside spray was not more useful.
The experts said that dengue mosquito laid eggs in dry place and after pouring of water on these eggs, larva and then mosquito bred. Experts of Sri Lanka expressed satisfaction over the arrangements of CBC blood test within three-four minutes in government hospitals of Lahore.
Quoting the figures of dengue patients, Capt. (r) Arif Nadeem said that 5,936 dengue patients had recovered so far in the province whereas total number of patients reported in Punjab was 6,147 out of whom 5,715 patients belonged to Lahore. He said 400 new dengue cases were reported in Lahore during the last 24 hours whereas 13 patients tested dengue in other cities. Similarly, 19 deaths were confirmed due to dengue so far whereas five deaths were suspected.
Vice Chancellor KEMU Prof. Dr. Asad Aslam Khan, Addl. Secretary Information Tahir Raza Hamdani, Director General Health Punjab Dr. Aslam Chaudhry, Kh. Salman Rafique, MPA, MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Zahid Pervaiz, Prof. Irshad Hussain and Prof. Moaz Ahmed were also present during the briefing. Arif Nadeem said that report of every death due to dengue fever would be sent to Chief Minister Punjab after a thorough verification.
DG Health told the media that the Sri Lankan experts had more knowledge and experience about the larviciding and had complete knowledge on this subject, as the dengue virus diseases was 40-50-year old in Sri Lanka. DG Health further said the experts of Punjab had learnt a lot from the Sri Lankan team.