More sanitary workers to be deployed to control dengue

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Staff Report
Rawalpindi
The District Health Authorities decided to cope with the threats posed by the dengue, through engaging 24 entomologists on a 89 days contract basis, alongside 500 sanitary workers including 300 women and 200 males for sanitary patrol.
The interviews of the staff will be held in the current week.
However, it was also learnt that the present number of experts in the health authority are eight entomologists and 1,415 sanitary workers.
District Health Authority CEO Dr Khalid said that as yet 1,073 cases of dengue suspects have been reported in Rawalpindi, out of which 96 were confirmed as non-dengue cases whereas, 15 were confirmed patients.
Khalid also advised that through proper care dengue can be defeated.
This is a perennial problem in Pakistan and over the years has taken many lives.
The recent spell of rain has put dengue control officials on alert. The threat of dengue mosquito larvae multiplying in stagnant rain water has exacerbated calling for immediate action.
What is Dengue fever
Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause yellow fever.
An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical areas of the world, with the greatest risk occurring in:
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:
• Sudden, high fever
• Severe headaches
• Pain behind the eyes
• Severe joint and muscle pain
• Fatigue
• Nausea
• Vomiting
• Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
• Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed
Prevention
There is no vaccine to prevent dengue fever. The best way to prevent the disease is to prevent bites by infected mosquitoes. This involves protecting yourself and making efforts to keep the mosquito population down.
Following are important measures

• Use mosquito repellents, even indoors.
• When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts
• When indoors, use air conditioning if available.
• Make sure window and door screens are secure and free of holes.
• If sleeping areas are not screened or air conditioned, use mosquito nets.
• If you have symptoms of dengue, speak to your doctor.

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