Public health: ‘So far, there is no dengue epidemic’

Citizens told to allow no stagnant water.

Express August 17, 2011


“There is no dengue epidemic in the province,” Executive District Officer Dr Umer Farooq Baloch said while addressing a press conference on Tuesday evening.

Health, WASA, Solid Waste Management, Horticulture Authority and the people, he said, have to work together to control dengue.

Meanwhile, the number of documented dengue cases continued to rise across the province. The number reached 70 on Wednesday. Out of these, 64 cases have been reported in Lahore alone.  According to the Health Department figures, 29 of these patients are under treatment at various hospitals, while 35 have been discharged.

(Read: Outbreak alert, Dengue cases rise to 222)

Dr Baloch said that dengue was a public health problem and could be overcome only with people’s cooperation. He said that the Health Department had so far distributed 600,000 pamphlets among the citizens.

On Tuesday, Additional Secretary (Estb) Dawood Muhammad Khan Bareach had visited Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Services Hospital and the Institute of Blood Transfusion to review the diagnostic and treatment arrangements for dengue patients.

He also visited the isolation ward for dengue patients in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Medical Superintendent Dr Ajaz Sheikh told the additional secretary that out of the 26 beds in the isolation ward, eight had been reserved for female patients. He said that a four-bed unit had been set up at the paediatric department. The MS said a dengue patient and three suspected of dengue infection were under treatment in the ward and recovering well.

Later, Bareach also visited Services Hospital where MS Dr Muhammad Javed briefed him about the arrangements for dengue treatment. Dr Javed informed the additional secretary that a dengue patient and eight people suspected of dengue infection were admitted at the hospital.

At the Institute of Blood Transfusion, Bareach was briefed by the institute director Prof Mehfoozur Rehman about the treatment facilities. He said that three Mega Cell Separator Units were operational at the institute which separated two bags of blood cells within 90 minutes. He said that platelet kits available at the institute were enough for hundreds of patients.

Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary Rao Muhammad Aslam visited Jinnah Hospital on Tuesday to check the arrangements. He was informed that a 14-bed ward had been set up at the hospital, where seven patients suspected of dengue infections were under treatment. Moreover, an eight-bed ward has been set up at the Lahore General Hospital. MS Dr Zafar Ikram said that additional 14 beds have been allocated in the medical ward in case more dengue patients were admitted in the hospital.

On the instructions of the Health Department, all teaching hospitals in Lahore have established special counters for dengue patients in their emergency departments.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.


Yousaf | 10 years ago | Reply

Please spread through news the below given Free, Easy & Effective treatment for Dengue.

My son had dengue, and by following the under given regimen, he got alright within seven day by the Grace of God.

There are many people who have give personal accounts on the internet about the effectiveness of the below given treatment.

Dengue is not as dangerous as it might seem or as is the popular belief made by the media.

It is curable & treatable. The mortality rate is very low around 2.5% which in fact can happen with almost any disease with any kind of flu, fever, malaria, allergy, or any other mild, ordinary & normal disease. So there shouldn’t be much scare and its treatment should be carried out with a simple regimen, and God willing, one is cured in ten to twelve days, though preferably more rest for to three weeks should taken even after the cure.

Take two table spoonful juice of Papaya leafs once everyday. To make it more palatable & tasteful add half teaspoonful honey & another quarter teaspoonful of lemon juice. One leaf gives off one tablespoonful juice. So two fresh leaves are needed everyday. The extracted juice can be stored in the fridge for two to three days but its preferable to take the fresh leaves juice everyday. To take out the juice just cut the stem & throw it away & then cut the leaf into small pieces & extract juice by using the juicer machine. If you are diabetic don’t take the honey, lemon juice should be enough or you may add anything else which you are allowed to take as diabetic patient.

Take Vitamin C in form of tablets, orange juice, tomatoes & other things which contain Vitamin C.

Take 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.

Take normal but light food, like cereals, vegetables, fruits etc.

Take rest for 3 to four weeks.

Get the blood tested every second day to see if the platelet count is improving.

Normally the platelet count will increase by 15,000 to 20,000 everyday.

Once the platelet count comes up to 200,000 to 250,000 you may stop taking the papaya juice but you may continue for a week or so more. Normally this level of platelet count will be reached in seven to ten days or so.

The normal platelet count is 150,000 to 450,000 in a healthy person.

You may take pain killer or other medicine to reduce fever, severe headache and joint/muscle pain for the first three four days, but don’t take Aspirin and Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs as these drugs may cause or worsen the bleeding if the platelet count had gone too low like 60,000 or lower before the treatment started.

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