Second dengue case reported!


The second case of dengue virus was reported in the federal capital on Saturday when 17-year old Riasat was diagnosed with the disease, disclosed a spokesman of the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC).
The FGPC spokesman Dr Sharif Astori confirmed that Riasat, a resident of the federal capital was admitted in a hospital on September 5 when he was suffering from fever. He added that the patient was getting medical treatment at the Epidemic Management Cell of the hospital.
He said the blood sample of the patient was sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) for investigation. Afterwards, the NIH declared this patient as dengue virus positive. According to Dr. Astori, the hospital was handling the patient with extra care and he was recovering well under their supervision.
He said the total of 10 suspected patients were admitted in the Poly Clinic’s Epidemic Management Cell, out of which six were men and four were women patients. He added the hospital management had set up Epidemic Management Cell keeping in view the present high-risk season for dengue virus.
He also said that a 25-bed cell, headed by Dr. Riaz, was working with a 16-member team of efficient medical and paramedical staff including six doctors and 10 nursing staff members to provide the best medical care to the dengue patients.
Furthermore, Dr Astori announced that if any citizen of the federal capital had dengue like symptoms, than he or she should immediately visit the Poly Clinic’s designated Epidemic Management Cell for the complete investigation and treatment of the disease.
He advised the citizens to take extra care in these days because more people could be carrying the dengue virus due to the rainy season.
He asked the parents to follow precautionary measures particularly for their school going children, who were more vulnerable to this virus than anyone else.
Meanwhile, heads of all the public sector hospitals in the capital had been directed to make all the necessary arrangements to cater to the dengue patients during the ongoing season. Capital Administration and Development (CAAD) Minister Nazar Muhammad Gondal issued this directive to effectively deal with the spread of the dengue virus.
The minister said that preparations must be in place well before any case of dengue hemorrhagic fever was reported in the capital hospitals. He called for thorough examination of the existing facilities at these hospitals. He asked the officials concerned to inform the ministry if further help and assistance were required. Gondal said that adequate arrangements such as provision of special netted beds, diagnosis facilities and availability of necessary medicines should also be ensured.
He also said that the hospital authorities should be proactively prepared to handle the situation in case any patient was diagnosed with dengue.
The minister directed the officials of the ministry to issue instructions to the public sector educational institutions for taking precautionary measures against the dengue virus.
He said that the administration must take steps to ensure the success of the fumigation process, and urged that the students must be educated to take protective measures against the virus. He called for creating awareness among the students and the general public in this connection.