25 people tested positive for dengue in Rawalpindi



Dengue fever has again surfaced its tentacles in the Rawalpindi city as 25 people including women and children have been tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease.

District Health Officer Dr Zeeshan said that September was critical for the spread of dengue and all departments must remain fully alert to fight the virus.

He said that rains in August and the declining temperatures have exacerbated the dengue threat with puddles and pools appearing in various areas.

The health officer said that as many as 1,230 dengue fever suspects have so far been brought to the allied hospitals and of them, 137 cases were probable and 25 tested dengue positive. “The dengue positive patients are being provided the required treatment,” he said.

The DHO said that fogging and surveillance has been enhanced in areas from where the patients have been brought to the hospital while anti-dengue spray was also being carried out at bus terminals.

Zeeshan advised the citizens to use the mosquito net or mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito bites.

He said that so far dengue was under control in Rawalpindi and the health department was on high alert to cope with any situation. He urged the residents to keep an eye on junkyards, puddles and construction sites where the dengue larvae breeds.

Polio vaccination target achieved

Rawalpindi health department teams on Sunday claimed to have achieved polio vaccination target in three tehsils of the district including cantonments areas during a five-day drive that concluded on September 2.

District Health Officer Dr Tahir Rizvi said that the target to cover around 716,132 children below five years of age was achieved successfully in Taxila and Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi city, Rawalpindi and Chaklala cantonment areas.

He said that as many as 2,196 polio teams, 217 fixed points, allied hospitals and tehsil headquarter hospitals participated in the drive supervised by Health Department CEO Dr Khalid Mehmood. APP