The administration of Rawalpindi Medical College and allied hospitals has started a planning process to deal with dengue fever outbreak in this region of the country as spring season is about to set in.
Principal RMC and In-charge Allied Hospitals Professor Dr. Mohammad Mussadiq Khan chaired a meeting here on Wednesday to discuss preventive and curative measures to be taken well in time with all concerned stakeholders.
Medical superintendents, focal persons and representatives of community medicine departments of the three allied hospitals, along with senior officials of the district health department, attended the meeting. Participants of the meeting discussed the situation of establishment of high dependency units in public hospitals to deal with dengue fever patients.
District Health Officer Dr. Khalid Randhawa informed ‘The News’ that participants of the meeting also suggested steps to improve coordination between the administration of allied hospitals and the district health department on curative and preventive sides. He said that an effective strategy is in the making for immediate surveillance of an area from where cases of dengue fever would be reported.
Every year, experts blame district health departments throughout the country for being in a poor state of preparedness to deal with epidemics like that of dengue fever. District health departments are responsible for prevention and control of infectious diseases as per rules of the provincial government, while hospitals are responsible for curative measures.
“It was also decided in the meeting that the three teaching hospitals in town would arrange for insecticidal residual spray and fogging within their premises on their own,” said Dr. Khalid Randhawa. He added that the district health department has also requested to the RMC administration to help it in awareness campaigns for prevention of the infection.
He said that Dr. Mohammad Mussadiq has directed the community medicine departments of allied hospitals to hold a seminar for public awareness in 10 days involving all stakeholders, including local politicians. “Keeping in mind the damage caused by dengue fever outbreaks in the past, participants of the meeting planned measures to sensitise public on the issue of prevention of dengue fever,” he added.
Dengue fever is caused by the bite of female infected ‘Aedes Aegypti’ mosquito, a small, black and white and highly domesticated mosquito.
Dr. Khalid Randhawa said that it is time to make people understand that they are equally responsible for taking preventive measures according to the available resources. People should understand that dengue fever outbreak could easily be avoided by eliminating mosquitoes, he said.