Sunday, 01 July 2012 19:17:14
Govt to launch Rs 265.7 million anti-dengue plan
ISLAMABAD, July 1 (APP): The Federal Government is going launch a three-year Rs 265.7 million anti-dengue plan in 25 districts of the country to check the outbreak of the viral disease.
Main components of the plan include institutionalization,
advocacy, social mobilization and communication, vector control
and surveillance, disease management, surveillance, research and
According to an official source, the government had already taken several steps to prevent the dengue epidemic, which included setting up
a provincial task force, a provincial steering committee, district implementation committees and the Dengue Research and Development (R&D)
Cell to carry out applied and operations research on the virus.
The official said that in Pakistan, the outbreak
of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) was first reported in Karachi
in 1994, followed by outbreaks in 2005, 2008, and most recently
Though the disease spread in all the provinces, but Punjab is the
most affected because heavy monsoon rains provide ideal conditions for
dengue-bearing mosquitoes to thrive in stagnant water.
The official said that emphasis has been placed on utilizing the latest technology for combatting the dengue epidemics. A system has been developed for online dengue cases surveillance, with Global
Positioning System (GPS) mapping of cases, vector, and digital
monitoring of dengue prevention and control activities, he added.
He said all the teaching hospitals have set up
isolation wards and high dependency units with all facilities
to take care of the dengue patients.
On the average 200 extra beds have been specified for the dengue
patients in each teaching hospital. About 10,000 bed nets treated
with insecticides, have been provided to each hospital for dengue
isolation wards, he added.
For the arrangements of platelets, cell separator machines
with platelet kits are made available on an urgent basis at the
different hospitals, he said.
The government also provided finances to the provinces
for purchase of larvicides, insecticides, spray machines, foggers,
and social mobilization activities.
Environmental management measures have also been taken,
including proper disposal of waste water, de-silting operations,
supply of safe water, time repair of leaks in plumbing systems, use
of water filters, management and regulation of used tyres, and
cleanliness drives in eateries.
Around 21,292 confirmed cases of dengue were reported in
Punjab in 2011, 352 of them were fatal.