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CM approves Rs275m to launch Dengue Prevenstion, Control Programe in Sindh

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KARACHI (Feb 25): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has approved Rs274.982 million first ever Dengue Prevention & Control Programme for next three years.
He took this decision while presiding over a meeting of Health Department here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Finance & Energy Syed Murad Ali Shah, Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Principal Secretary Alamuddin Bullo, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Mohammad Waseem, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, programme managers and project directors of different programms and schemes and others.
Briefing the meeting, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo said that Dengue is endemic in more than 110 countries. It infects 50 to 528 million people all over the world every year. Over 25,000 deaths are reported worldwide every year. This increase is believed to be due to a combination of urbanization, population growth, increased international travel and global warming.
He said first major outbreak in Pakistan occurred in 2010 when 4,072 cases were reported in Sindh and 5,400 in Punjab. In 2011 Punjab faced the worst type of epidemic with 21,000 cases and 350 death while in Sindh, the reported cases were 1,079 with 18 deaths .
Last year 3,692 cases were reported in Sindh and 11 death were reported while in Punjab more than 5000 cases were reported with 40 deaths. The Punjab government has launched a full-fledged Dengue programme in 2010. Sindh health department has controlled the dengue to some extent even then a separate Dengue control programme is necessary to launch.
The secretary said that from January 2106 to February 24, some 217 dengue cases were reported in Karachi, of them 132 were admitted in hospitals and 85 were given treated in OPD. In Hyderabad one patient and Shaheed Benazirabad one patient were admitted. “With the grace of God no death has occurred so far,” he said.
Giving data from 2010 to 2016, Secretary Health Saeed Mangnijo said that 17,039 dengue cases were reported in the province, of them 106 had lost their lives. In 2010 some 4,072 cases were reported, of them 25 died which shows fatality ratio of 0.6 percent. In 2011 the fatality ratio increased to 1.6 percent with 1,079 dengue cases of them 18 had lost their lives. “The health department took some concrete steps and launched awareness drive, as a result in 2012 only 731 cases with four death were reported which shows a 0.5 percent fatality ratio. In 2013 the number of dengue cases increased to 5,970 with 32 death but fatality ratio of 2012 (means 0.5) remained the same. In 2014 though the number of dengue cases came down to 1,276 but deaths went to 16 which shows fatality ratio of 1.2 percent. In 2015 the number of cases increased to 3,692 of them 11 patients died. This shows fatality ratio of 0.2 percent.
On this chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah taking policy decision approved Rs274.982 million for launching Dengue Prevention & Control Programme. Under the programme active surveillance by collecting data from all public and private hospitals would be conducted, Isolation wards in all government hospitals to be established , eight cell separator machines to be installed in all Tertiary care hospitals, dengue diagnostic kits and platelet mega units would be provided in all government hospitals. From the next year, this programme would be a part of ADP and to be operated on full scale.
Minister Health Jam Mehtab Dahar said that over all 120 schemes in health department have been launched for Rs13 billion. Out of 120 schemes, 86 are on-going and 34 new.
He said the schemes which are likely to be completed by the end of June 2016 include Shaheed Benazir Bhutto accident Emergency & Ancillary Services Complex at Civil Hospital Karachi for Rs6082.9 million, Construction of Neuro Science Complex at CMCH Larkana for Rs214.63 million, upgradation of surgery department of CMCH Larkana Rs143.23 million, strengthening of Services hosppital Karachi Rs162.477 million, expansion of Urban health Centers (Malir, Kiamari, Koragi) Karachi for Rs367.99 million, establishment of allied facilities for Jacobabad Institute of Medical Sciences Rs478.26 million, establishment of Pediatric Center Mirpurkhas for Rs112.946 million, upgradation of RHC to Taluka Headquarter hospital (THQ) Mirwah, district Mirpurkhas Rs119.97 million, Renovation and rehablitation of Paramedical Institute Larkana Rs67.73 million, provisiion of additional facilities in RHCs at Naudero, district Larkana for Rs133.4 million, up-gradation of MCH center to BHU level at village Lutifullah Panhwar district Naushehroferoze Rs18.12 million, up-gradation of taluka hospital to district headqaurter (DHQ) hospitals in Tando Mohamamd Khan, Tado allahyar and Jamshoro for Rs1.5 billion, expansion of DHQ hospitals in shikarpur, Badin and KKhairpur.
The chief minister directed the health department and P&D departments to keep their schemes reviewing in terms of their progress and quality work. The government is spending public money for the welfare of public, therefore their property utility must be made on time.


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