Dengue scare

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Governance is easy to them only who either are just coming in touch with it or who do not care to know what does it mean. Prime Minister Imran Khan, when a couple of weeks ago, was asked by a journalist as to what was easy: governing or opposition. And he had said governance is very easy, rolling his fingers over a rosary wrapped around his right hand.

The reality on round is otherwise. In nearly one year of it being in office, there is not a single thing that people are satisfied with. Things have rather gone from bad to worse. Take the example of dengue in Punjab. The number of dengue patients has increased to 22 in Punjab. Lahore, Faisalabad, Attock, and Rawalpindi are among the cities that have confirmed cases.

This has prompted the Rawalpindi city administration to issue new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for control of dengue. They were earlier also running some awareness campaigns but were they serious in their endeavours, there would not be close to two dozen cases that we have.

This is something that first came up in the province of Punjab during the PML-N tenure. It was altogether a new phenomenon yet the then Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif went after the disease like a maniac, enacting new laws to prevent the spread of the disease, training the medics in how to treat dengue and acquiring knowledge from the neighbouring governments regarding the disease and its prevention.

He brought it under control. Not only that, when the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was faced with a similar outbreak and was clueless as to what to do with it, the Punjab government offered  its resources and helped bring the disease under control.

This year around, all the PTI government needed was to follow the SOP but the statistics show that it was not vigilant. Now it is reacting only after the virus has struck.

According to news reports, under the new SOP, basic health units, Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, District Headquarter Hospital, dispensaries and the government hospitals in the Rawalpindi district will carry out the checks on patients. If any patient is found to have the dengue virus, then a thorough search will be conducted of their home and surroundings, where dengue spray will be used to kill the virus. All departments concerned shall run awareness campaign every Thursday.

The provincial government is required to stay vigilant besides ensuring sufficient stocks of all the vaccines and medicines necessary.