Chandigarh, September 15, 2015:The Punjab Health Minister Mr.Surjit Kumar Jayani today requested Local Government department to accelerate the challaning process of offenders who were not keeping the surrounding clean and allowing breeding of aedes (mosquito responsible for spread of dengue).
In a communiqué to the Local Government Minister, Mr. Anil Joshi, Mr. Jayani said that war against dengue could be tackled by focusing on preventive as well as curative measures. He said that though health department has created special wards for dengue patients but increasing flow of patients with change in season implies that local government department would have to speed-up its drive against citizens who were not keeping their surrounding clean .He said that local government department must involve Residence Welfare Associations (RWAs) to launch drive to drain out collected water from all unused coolers, refrigerator trays, flower vases, containers, used tyres, discarded utensils, plastic material and scrap, that were being found inside the houses, which are serving as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Mr. Jayani has directed all the Civil Surgeons to keep a close contact with the local private hospitals especially where dengue patients are undergoing treatment. Taking stock of the latest situation regarding dengue in the State, the Minister said that all the government hospitals have been put on high alert for ensuring prevention, control and management of dengue efficiently. Meanwhile, 135 patients of dengue have been admitted in the Government hospitals and provided free treatment under the observation of specialists and one death is confirmed cause of dengue by the health department.
Giving details about the steps taken by health department, he said that 21 dengue testing labs have been established for dengue testing in the State where dengue testing is done free of cost. Two types of kits (NS1 Antigen and IgM Mac ELISA) are being used by the department. Dengue wards have been established in each District, Sub-divisional, ESI hospitals. Dengue wards have been established in CHCs and Medical Colleges as well. All the dengue patients are put under mosquito nets to avoid spread of the infection. The supportive treatment in the form of anti pyretic and intravenous fluids is being given free of cost to dengue patients in all government hospitals. Blood component Separators have been installed at district level hospitals and 6 Aphesis machines have been installed at Civil Hospital Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Mohali for provision of platelets for very severe cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever. The health department is doing focal sprays with larvicides and insecticides in areas from where a case of dengue is reported.
Talking about the IEC (information, education and communication) activities he said that awareness campaign has been undertaken from State level up to sub centre level in villages for sensitization of public for prevention of dengue. He said that State has started Dengue Death Review by constituting District level and State level Dengue Death Review Committees of experts to adjudge the exact cause of death in the reported dengue death cases.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015