Health authorities blame district admin for rising dengue cases



Health authorities have blamed the Rawalpindi district administration for the rising dengue cases saying lack of surveillance and preventive measures were giving conducive breeding ground for the dengue larvae.

At a meeting with the district authorities, they pointed out that the increasing number of dengue patients was owing to the lack of proper surveillance and preventive measures by the district authorities.

Chairing a meeting to review anti-dengue arrangements, Additional Deputy Commissioner Maleha Jamal said that storage of water in open drains and poor surveillance has increased the number of dengue patients in Rawalpindi.

She directed the authorities concerned to take necessary action for eliminating the dengue larvae as the number of dengue patients reached 145.

The ADC also directed to expedite surveillance activities, tracing larva and its eradication besides focusing on hotspots where the larva has been detected during the current checking.

She said that most cases were being reported from cantonment areas as the departments were unable to reach some sensitive places.  Steps, however, were being taken to reach out to inaccessible areas.

Maleha directed the officials to make maximum arrangements for the treatment of dengue patients.

She directed the departments to spread awareness among the residents and recommend the use of mosquito net or mosquito repellents like mats and coils.

A health official during the meeting said that 1,663 dengue fever suspects have so far been brought to the allied hospitals and of them, 145 were tested dengue positive.  They are being provided the required treatment, the meeting was informed.

He said that during indoor surveillance in Rawal Town, Potohar Town, Chaklala and Rawalpindi cantonment areas, 435,660 houses were checked from October 8 to October 11. He said that the larvae was found in 1,035 houses while 22,691 spots were checked during outdoor surveillance by 225 teams in the said areas and larvae was found at 97 points. APP