Govt focused on outbreak of dengue: Zafar Mirza

Islamabad: Minister of State for Health Dr Zafar Mirza Sunday said the government was fully focused to address the outbreak of dengue virus in the country.

Addressing a news conference here, he said all necessary arrangements are being made regarding outbreak response and coordination among center and provinces has also been increased.

Dr Zafar Mirza said more than ten thousand dengue patients have been identified through screening tests across the country, including 2363 from Punjab 2258 from Sindh 1814 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1772 from Balochistan.

He said an emergency health center has been established at National Institute of Health Islamabad to update the general public regarding latest information on the outbreak of the virus.

The Minister said sixteen inactive medical units in outskirts of Islamabad have been made functional to provide medical facility to dengue patients.

He said two hotlines have been established for the provision of experts’ opinion to general public regarding dengue control and patients’ treatment.

The minister urged the political parties to avoid politicizing health issues and help the affected people.