Dengue being controlled systematically: CM Khattak

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Pervez Khattak

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak said here on Monday that his government had evolved a systematic and planned mechanism to control dengue virus and  constituted monitoring and surveillance teams to handle the disease outbreak and flushing its breeding sources.
He said Deputy Commissioner Peshawar as a focal person for the collection of authenticated data had entrusted different responsibilities to different governance tiers to handle the dengue virus, the treatment to the affected pepoles and the whole rehabilitation process flushing out the dengue breeding sources and places. He was talking to a delegation of Rotary Club headed by David Tong from Singapore who is the Coordinator of Rotary International, other members included Director General Rotary International Fiaza, DGN Adnan Ruhela, CDG  and Khurshid Khan Ambassador of Polio Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. MPAs Shaukat Ali Yousafzai and Zargul and others were also present at the occasion.
The visiting delegates shared their experiences with the Chief Minister about dengue virus back in Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia and the process they initiated to control the disease in these countries. They offered all out support based on their experiences.  The Chief Minister appreciated their total support to the provincial government adding he was looking forward for replicating successful models of other countries in order to control dengue virus in Peshawar and other suspected districts of the province. The Chief Minister highlighted the steps of his government  for controlling dengue virus adding that previously the province had experienced an outbreak in the Swat district that was effectively taken care of and controlled. In Peshawar, he said, it was a new experience, however, he sensitized the whole governance tiers for the surveillance, monitoring and taking care of the patients.  Isolation wards have been established and free efficient treatment provided to the patients there. He said that he was personally monitoring the situation and had already directed the elected representatives of all departments of government to show their presence in the dengue affected areas and contribute in the whole process of controlling this communicable and epidemic disease.
The Commissioner Peshawar and Health Department would have a coordinated and planned exercise for the upcoming challenges posed by the dengue virus, he told the delegation. He said the KP government had focused on the actual data collection so that the steps for eradicating dengue virus got success.   He talked about the government’s efforts for educating the people about dengue virus and the publicity campaign of the Information Department to raise level of awareness of the people against it.   — APP

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