PHC directs govt to set up special dengue wards in hospitals

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday directed the government to set up special dengue wards in all hospitals in Peshawar.

The court also summoned Director General Health and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar to appear before the court in two weeks and explain what efforts are being made to counter the spread of dengue virus the province.

The case is submitted by a citizen asking the court to direct health officials and provincial government to take emergency efforts for the control of dengue disease. When the hearing began, Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan asked DG health, how many people have been affected by dengue in the province so far?

KP DG Health Arshad Khan said that Dengue has been confirmed in 1600 people in the province at present and no death due to dengue was reported in the province till then. Justice Qaiser then asked what steps has the administration taken to prevent dengue? The DG replied that they are doing anti-dengue mosquitoes spray on a daily basis and creating awareness among the people about this disease.

Court directs DG Health to set up separate wards for dengue at all hospitals in Peshawar. The case hearing adjourned till October 2.

Though DG health has refused to admit that dengue has killed anyone in KP, but three days back, a woman died of dengue in Saidu Sharif hospital in Swat. According to a spokesperson of the Hospital, the woman had been suffering from dengue fever for eight days. He said that dozens of people in Swat are suffering from dengue fever. According to the focal person, 150 patients were brought to the government hospital, of which 124 were discharged after treatment while 26 patients are still under treatment.

Similarly, another death was reported from Lady reading hospital on the same day. According to details, Sheikh Mohammed’s resident Tilah Mohammed had complained of fever some days ago. He arrived at Lady Reading Hospital where, after preliminary tests, he was diagnosed with a dengue mosquito bite and after few days, he expired in the hospital