Special Assistant to Prime Minister on national health services, regulations and coordination Dr. Zafar Mirza said that the federal government is making concerted efforts in coordination with provinces to curb the dengue outbreak in the country.
While the number of dengue cases in the country has touched the five-digit figure, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza warned there will be further increase in these cases in the next 10 days.
“However, during next month the disease would be brought under control as the mercury would start going downwards. I have observed that politicians, during television shows, use the issue of dengue cases for point scoring. My suggestion to them is not to do politics over issues related to public health,” he said at a news conference on Sunday.
According to Dr. Mirza, as many as 10,013 dengue cases have so far been reported this year from across the country. He claimed that the number of dengue cases in some previous years was more than the cases reported during the current year.
“During the current year 2,363 cases are reported in Punjab, 2,258 in Sindh, 1,814 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,772 in Balochistan. Other cases have been reported from Islamabad and other areas of the country. The federal government has been coordinating with provinces to curb the dengue outbreak and concerted efforts are being made to check it,” he said.
He said about 70pc dengue patients in Punjab were reported in the Potohar region, adding research would be conducted in coming days to ascertain why this region is so affected.
Dr. Zafar Mirza said keeping in view the possible increase in number of dengue patients, owners of private hospitals in Islamabad have been contacted to ensure providing of one thousand beds in their hospitals in case of capacity issue in the government hospitals. He said treatment at private hospitals would be free of cost for dengue patients.
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