ISLAMABAD - The concerned health authorities have been asked to ensure availability of anti-dengue drugs to tackle dengue fever situation in the country. According to citizens, there is shortage of relevant life-saving drugs which are essential to cure the dengue affected patients in severe condition particularly in coming high risk season.
They demanded the government to direct the pharmaceutical companies to start local manufacturing of such drugs like Dextron-40 as no such drug is being produced in the country.
According to renowned medical practitioner, Prof Javed Akram from Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, there is a chance of outbreak of dengue virus in any part of the country in coming high risk season of monsoon. He added special preventive measures are the need of the hour to tackle the situation and to protect the lives of citizens. He said dengue is a seasonal disease which is likely to affect the citizens during August and September.
He said unfortunately there is no body at central level to prepare guidelines and make strategies to prevent the citizens from dengue virus.
He, however, said now with the support of World Health Organization (WHO), new guidelines are being prepared to manage the situation.
Prof Javed said besides public sector organizations, the citizens should also make dengue preventive measures at their houses and offices to avoid breed of such mosquito that causes dengue fever.
He said citizens should enure to make their houses and offices neat and clean and avoid storage of water in any place. He added they should also use mosquito nets and coils besides other protective steps. He said dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) are considered one of the most fatal fevers in Pakistan which have killed hundreds of people last year. According to available data, dengue fever is a re-emerging arboviral disease in more than 100 tropical and sub-tropical countries of the world with estimated caseload of 50-100 millions of dengue fever and 0.5 million cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever.
The dengue is the most rapidly spreading vector-borne viral disease since last decade. From 1995-2004 only 699 dengue cases were reported from three districts of Pakistan. During 2005-2011, numbers of confirmed cases and deaths dramatically increased to 55,946 and 539 respectively affecting 105 out of 146 districts, agencies or territories. Aedes aegypti and albopictus have been considered major vectors of dengue in Southeast Asia, including Pakistan.
When contacted, an official said that the government is making efforts to contain dengue fever around the country.
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