LAHORE - Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that government has planned to recruit doctors on adhoc basis for overcoming shortage of staff at Basic Health Units and Rural Health Centres.  After inaugurating Mother and Child Health Week at Model Town Hospital on Monday, he said that awareness among rural women was essential for controlling death rate among pregnant women and newborns. MNCH week will conclude on November 22.

Besides highlighting importance of mother and child health, awareness about preventive measures against disease will also be created among women. Provincial Chief of UNICEF Dr David, Coordinator of National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Dr Javed Umer, Additional Director General Health Integrated Programme for Lady Health Worker Dr Zafar Ikram, Dr Tahir Manzoor of UNICEF and other officers were also present.  Kh Salman said that women would be motivated to get vaccination course against nine basic diseases and adopt hygienic principles. He said that 48,000 lady health workers, lady health supervisors and community health workers would convey health massage from door to door during the weeklong campaign.  He said that besides providing de-worming tablets to 0.6 million children, 0.8 million would be administered vaccination. He said that lady health workers would hold health education session with 4 million women.

Moreover, one million pregnant women would be administered vaccine for protection against Tetanus. He said that pregnant women would be medically examined and they would be advised to use balanced diet. Screening of breast feeding women will also be carried out, he said.

DENGUE SURVEILLANCE: Kh Salman Rafiq has stressed the need for making coordinated efforts and improving surveillance and larviciding for dengue control.

He was presiding over a meeting of cabinet committee on dengue on Monday. Additional Chief Secretary, Commissioner Lahore, Director General Health Punjab, Additional Director General (Dengue Control), Dean IPH, EDOs Health Lahore and Sheikhupura, senior officers of all TMAs of Sheikhupura, District Health Officer Rawalpindi and representative of Metrological Department, Cantonment Boards and officers of PITB attended the meeting.

Additional Director General (Dengue Control) said that there was a considerable improvement in dengue situation in the province and 1325 confirmed patients have been reported so far. He said that no new dengue case has been reported from Lahore during the last 48 hours while situation in Rawalpindi has also improved.  He said that there was a substantial decrease in dengue larvae reports in outdoor surveillance in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura whereas it was found in indoor surveillance. He told that 1107 confirmed dengue patients have so far been reported from Rawalpindi, 96 from Lahore and 57 from Sheikhupura whereas 46 patients were under treatment in the hospitals of Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Incharge Chief Minister’s Dengue Research Cell said that breeding of mosquitoes has substantially reduced due to change in weather. He said that special attention should be paid to indoor surveillance and hotspots of dengue should be eliminated for checking dengue outbreak.

The meeting was informed that growth of larvae has reduced due to change in weather. EDOs Health Lahore and Sheikhupura and DOH Rawalpindi gave a report regarding indoor and outdoor dengue surveillance.