Free dengue testing camps


In a bid to deal with the dengue epidemic, the district administration in collaboration with the Citilab has established five free dengue testing camps in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. On Wednesday, the lawmakers from the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), including Special Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar and Shakeel Awan MNA, visited the main centre on the Murree Road. The remaining camps have been set up at Faizabad, Chur Chowk, Dhok Hassu and Liaqat Bagh. Ashfaq Sarwar said instead of earning profit by fleecing the patients at the present critical period, the whole nation should join their hands to deal with the dengue epidemic.
He praised the efforts of private laboratory to tackle the challenge and said it was obligatory for the private sector to assist the government in delivering service to the masses, adding that such steps had reduced the burden on the government-run hospitals. He said more than 1,000 patients had so far been tested in the said labs while 124 patients were referred to the hospitals but all of them were not confirmed of dengue fever. Replying to a question, he told journalists that he had held a meeting with the public representatives and all the officials concerned in order to ensure fumigation against the mosquitoes carrying the virus in every part of the city. When asked why the cantonment area could not the necessary attention, he replied that he had directed all the MNAs and MPAs to ensure the dengue spray in every locality.
Raja claimed that the dengue outbreak was serious in Lahore but the provincial government had accelerated its efforts in Rawalpindi as a precautionary measure. He admitted that initially, they faced the shortage of machinery to deal with the epidemic but now they bought fogging machines and other equipment to control the spreading viral disease. Responding to a query, he said as the Sri Lanka had faced the dengue epidemic on a very high scale and they knew how to deal with the situation, the provincial government invited the Sri Lankan doctors to control the virus spread by mosquitoes.