Health Department Winter Plan to avoid dengue fever outbreak in future. The district health department has started carrying out activities under a winter plan specifically designed to avoid dengue fever outbreak in future as claimed by the health department.
Health Department Winter Plan for Avoid Dengue Fever in Future. In the first phase of winter plan for surveillance against dengue fever, the teams of district health department along with field supervisors are being trained further through refresher courses particularly on newer standard operating procedures (SOPs) devised for surveillance against dengue fever spread after the dengue fever outbreak this year, said District Health Officer Dr. Sohail Ahmed while talking to ‘The News’ on Sunday.
He said that not a single case of dengue fever has been reported from Rawalpindi since the advent of December and hence, the health department has started working out strategies and activities to be carried out to avoid dengue fever outbreak next year.
To a query, he said this year, a total of slightly over 1125 confirmed patients of dengue fever were reported from Rawalpindi district while the three allied hospitals in town received over 2300 patients from the federal capital Health Department Winter Plan.
He added the health department has not given any break in the field activities and the teams of district health department are continuously working on creating awareness among public and social mobilisation on preventive measures needed to be taken against dengue fever through door-to-door visits.
He said the health department has been given services of as many as 30 entomologists this year who as master trainers, are imparting training to sanitary patrols already working with the health department.
The health department has a total of 1,440 sanitary patrols who are working on contractual basis while in the peak season of breeding and growth of larvae of dengue fever vector ‘aedes aegypti’ and transmission of the infection, from June to September, the health department inducts around 250 workers on daily wages on 89-day contract, said Dr. Sohail.
He added the deputy district health officers in Rawal Town, Potohar Town and cantonment board are supervising the training being imparted to dengue fever field staff. Two meetings of District Emergency Response Committee are being held every week at the DCO office to review the steps being taken for dengue fever surveillance and to devise further strategies if needed, said Dr. Sohail.
He added that the health department has also started working on maintenance of the existing logistics including vehicles, foggers and IRS pumps that would be needed for carrying out field activities most probably in next two to three months.
He said the district health department is focusing on strengthening surveillance against dengue fever in Tehsil Gujar Khan and Tehsil Taxila for the year 2017 as greater number of confirmed cases of the infection was reported from the two tehsils this year.