LAHORE: A 40-bed ward has been set up in Mayo Hospital for the treatment of dengue patients, Dr Zahid Pervaiz, the medical superintendent (MS), said on Monday. Dr Sabir Ali, the emergency director, has been made as the coordinator for the ward. A ward has also been established at the first floor where patients suspected of dengue infection would be kept under observation. Dr Pervaiz said that besides treatment facilities, mosquito nets have been provided for in the ward. He said that the patients’ blood would be tested on the spot in the emergency ward using an Eliza analyser. This would save time and in case of a positive finding, the patient would be moved to a ward in the AVH with proper medical facilities, the MS added. Dr Pervaiz said that platelet kits and Eliza kits for tests were available at the hospital. Microbiologist Dr Tayyeba Ejaz and medical specialist Dr Munir Iqbal have been nominated as coordinators for eradication and treatment of dengue fever. The MS said that the blood bank in charge will regularly visit the dengue ward to monitor the needs for blood and product transfusion.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.