Fighting dengue: 800 patients examined in Punjab govt health camp

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PESHAWAR, 20 August: At least 800 patients have so far been examined in free-medical camp, set up by the Punjab government in Tehkal area where dengue has become rampant.
“Out of 800, 143 patients were diagnosed with dengue fever,” said Prof Dr Faisal Masood, incharge of mobile health unit.
A single mobile health unit is working in Tehkal area and two other mobile units are on the way to Peshawar from Lahore, said while addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club along with Punjab Health Minister Khwaja Imran Nazeer and Amir Muqam.
Khwaja Imran Nazeer said that they were here to serve affected people and have no political agenda. “We come here on directives of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to help people in crisis,” he said adding free of cost medicines were also given to the patients.
He said that he spoke to the KP Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai and he agreed to take help from Punjab government.
He said that he will meet to Shahram Tarakai and his team later in day at Governor House in which they will hand over health teams to him.

In response to a question, Khawaja Nazir has said it is an humanitarian issue and couldn’t be used for political purpose. “We are here in according to directives of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif to serve the ailing humanity of this province.
Prof. Faisal Masud, ex Vice Chancellor of Punjab Medical University, said dengue spread due to mosqitive bites. He said that 90 per cent of people are unaware of the disease, therefore, all suspects needs to screen themselves.
Earlier, he told media that he wanted to hand over two mobile health units to the KP government but Health Minister Shahram Tarakai not picking up his phone adding the KP government will look after the vehicles and paramedics.
“If Tarakai does not come we will give the mobile health units to his party representative,” said Nazeer.

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