Thursday, 14 June 2012

Faisalabad,Punjab Govt making strides in anti-dengue fight

Anti Dengue compaigns in Major cities of Punjab including Faisalabad,Lahore,Rawalpindi,Multan and Gujranwala.Punjab health DG says province made gains that took other countries 30-40 years.Workshop calls for effective joint strategy against dengue.
Anti Dengue Campaign in Faisalabad,Punjab
Anti Dengue Campaign in Faisalabad,Punjab

Punjab has been successful in its anti-dengue efforts, and through joint efforts of all provincial departments it has attained success level equal to that which countries like Sri Lanka and others were able to achieve 30 to 40 years after the disease’s breakout in their homelands, said Punjab Health Director General Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema on Wednesday.

He was addressing participants of a training workshop, “Rapid Response Teams on Disease Early Warning System (DEWS) In High Risk Districts of Punjab”, jointly organised by Punjab Health Department and World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dengue Fewer in Faisalabad
Cheema said that the country had great potential to cope with the dengue epidemic. The Diseases Early Warning System is aimed at providing the opportunity to combat other communicable diseases, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, R&D Unit Chairman Dr Waseem Akram said that there was little use of fogging and spraying the city at this time, adding that instead, the need of the hour was to form an effective strategy through close coordination between provincial departments.

Talking about the anti-dengue measures being taken by the Punjab government, Akram said that a cabinet committee had also been formed on the advise of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Meanwhile, professionals who had received training from Sri Lanka and Thailand were now conducting workshops in Pakistan to impart training to locals of various districts regarding preventive measures against dengue.

WHO Punjab Operations Officer Dr Babar Alam said the workshop would be helpful in improving the capacity of districts to adopt appropriate measures for early detection and effective prevention and control of communicable diseases.

He said that WHO and the Punjab government were working in collaboration to fight all epidemic-prone diseases and it will keep providing technical assistant to the Punjab government through international consultation and provision of local academic partners.

The two-day training workshop featured presentations on ‘Diseases and Syndromes Under Surveillance’, ‘Viral Heamorrhagic Fever and Dengue Fever’, ‘Clinical Case Management of Dengue Cases’ and ‘Roles and Responsibilities of Emergency Response Teams’ by Dengue Programme Director (Operations) Dr Islam Zafar, WHO DEWS Provincial Coordinator Dr Jamshaid Ahmed, WHO DEWS Surveillance Officer Dr Farhan Khan and consultant physician and dengue master trainer Dr Somia Iqtidar.

The workshop was attended by different EDOs, DHOs, pathologists, physicians, deputy district officers and medical officers of five districts of Punjab, including Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Multan, Lahore and Faisalabad.

“Such workshops are useful in speeding up process of preparing rapid response teams to meet an epidemic or disease outbreak and to establish foundation for Disease Early Warning System in high-risk districts,” the participants said.

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