Half-sleeve shirts, room coolers banned in school to avoid dengue

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Rawalpindi

Staff Report

The Provincial Schools Education Authority (PSEA) following the dengue scare has banned half-sleeved shirts and room coolers in all private and public sector educational institutions of twin cities.

The PSEA has further directed the District Education Authority to conduct periods to create awareness among students about dengue fever besides ensuring the cleanliness of wash rooms, class rooms, stores, canteens, school roof tops and repair of pipe lines.

Moreover, the schools have been directed to distribute pamphlets, booklets, and to conduct weekly anti-dengue fumigation in schools.

The fumigation and medicinal sprays will also be purchased from the money allocated for Educational Development Fund.

In case of any negligence the head of educational institutions will be punished as per the Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act, while the owners of schools will face a trial.

Earlier in February, the District Health Authority Dr Amir had initiated a campaign to eliminate the dengue larvae at its larval stage.

Due to the changing weather conditions the surveillance to check dengue larvae had been started in Municipal Corporation area to eliminate the mosquito larvae at its breeding stage. Special focus is given to areas where the dengue patients were reported last year.

The Micro planning survey for Dengue control was also completed in the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (MCR) limits under which 125,000 houses are registered.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection causing a severe flu-like illness and, sometimes causing a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue. The incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold over the last 50 years. Around 50 to 100 million infections are now estimated to occur annually in over 100 endemic countries, putting almost half of the world’s population at risk.

It is a fast emerging viral disease and flourishes mostly in urban poor areas, suburbs and the countryside but may also affect the affluent neighbourhoods in the tropical and subtropical countries.

The symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. Recovery generally takes two to seven days. In a small proportion of cases, the disease develops into the life-threatening dengue haemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding, low levels of blood platelets and blood plasma leakage, or into dengue shock syndrome, where dangerously low blood pressure occurs

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