KP govt cancels Eid holidays of doctors as dengue crisis worsens

dengue in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: With dengue cases multiplying with each passing day and patients crowding the hospitals, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has cancelled the Eid holidays of all doctors and paramedical staff including nurses and lab technicians.
“Due to the dengue outbreak in Peshawar and sporadic cases in most of the districts coupled with the likelihood of Cango during Eid, it is hereby notified that all the hospitals with isolation wards and diagnostic treatment facilities shall remain open 24 hours during Eid,” read the notification issued by the health department.
Health department officials said that all the health officials were put on high alert on possible breeding and spread of dengue and Congo, directing officials to continue in/outdoor dengue surveillance during Eid holidays. The staff has been advised to remain alert so that such cases could be dealt promptly.
Officials said that action would be taken against employees who were found absent from duty during Eid holidays.
In wake of dengue outbreak in Peshawar, health department has already declared Pashto speaking localities as high risk areas vulnerable for spread of dengue. A full-scale fumigation drive is underway in different localities of the city especially where dengue larva has been found.