Plea filed for action to curb seasonal disease

Dengue cases increase rapidly; call to regulate price of testing


Our Correspondent August 28, 2022
Young dengue virus patients undergoing treatment. PHOTO: PPI

LAHORE:

A civil miscellaneous application was filed in the Lahore High Court requesting the court to pass directions to concerned quarters to take prompt and appropriate measures to control dengue.

The petitioner further requested the court to pass directions to regulate the prices of the CBC, platelet etc. tests and prepare a proper mechanism in order to flatten the curve of the ever-rising dengue cases as well as make any and all efforts to make treatment beds in hospitals available for the dengue virus patients, in the interest of justice equity and fair play.

He implored the court that the provincial government, health department and chief secretary are bound by duty to control the said outbreak and to take as many precautionary measures as possible so that the number of cases is brought down.

Prima facie the respondents are not doing their jobs and resultantly the outbreak is rapidly spreading in the public, particularly amongst disadvantaged people.

He contended that this application intends to bring on record the fact that despite the so-called report and para-wise comments filed by the executive district health officer, the city district government has not yet brought the disease under control and dengue patients are increasing rapidly.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2022.

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