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Minister issues directives to eliminate dengue virus in KP

PESHAWAR: Provincial Minister for Health, Dr. Hasham Inamullah Khan has instructed district health officers and medical superintendents to conduct fumigation drives in dengue affected areas of the province.

Talking to reporters in Peshawar, the minister said that the situation about the dengue virus is not as alarming as the media is reporting it. He added that the situation is under complete control in all of the districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

He said a few high fever cases have been reported from different areas of the provincial capital and few other districts of the province, however, the Provincial Government is monitoring and evaluating the whole situation, and this virus is not a serious threat.

The minister said he has issued the directives to the district health officers and medical superintendents of the government hospitals to utilize every available resource for providing necessary and speedy treatment to patients. He has also instructed the hospital authorities that special beds should be set up for the patients, and establish complaints cells in their offices besides ensuring medicine stock for emergency.

He said directives were issued for regular anti-dengue spray in the virus prone areas. The minister said there is no constraint for funds in public sector hospitals and if necessary more funds would be released.

He directed Director General Health Services to prepare a list of suspected patients daily and informed him accordingly for prompt action.

The minister said stagnant water and unhygienic conditions create a breeding group for the virus. He has urged the people to ensure proper disposal of solid waste.

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