The Health Department has decided to launch a training programme for private practitioners and family physicians on dengue fever prevention and treatment measures from October 26.
The decision was announced by Health Secretary Jehanzeb Khan in a meeting on Monday.
The meeting also decided to hold consultative meetings with the prospective participants of the programme in various areas of the city on Tuesday (today) to brief them on the schedule.
The training sessions would take place at all medical colleges in the city and would include lectures by senior doctors.
The participants would be required to register themselves with the department during the consultative meetings.
Secretary Jehazeb Khan said many people suffering from dengue fever consult private practitioners and that the training would better equip them for diagnosing and treating the disease. He said the practitioners would be in a better position to distinguish between patients suffering from different dengue types. He said those showing symptoms of dengue haemmorragic fever could then be promptly referred to teaching hospitals.
He said every doctor in the province was required to attend this training programme under the Dengue Control Regulations of 2011.
He said those completing the training successfully would be issued a certificate by the Health Department.
The meeting was attended by principals of Allama Iqbal Medical College, Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Post Graduate MedicaI Institute, Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, Institute of Child Health and the vice chancellor of the King Edward Medical University.
Lahore commissioner, district coordination officer, capital city police officer and the Family Physicians and General Practitioners Association president were also present on the occasion.
Eight dead over last 24 hours
Meanwhile, eight more people died of dengue fever over the last 24 hours. Six of these deaths were reported in Lahore. The death toll from the disease has risen to 244 in Lahore and 276 in the province. As many as 266 people were diagnosed with dengue fever in the province. Of these, 201 were reported in Lahore. The total number of people affected by the disease has increased to 18,950, 16,094 of which belong to Lahore.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 25th, 2011.
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