36,220 cases of dengue detected in last three years


ISLAMABAD: Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination reported that 36,220 cases of dengue has been detected during last three years in the country.

According to the documents submitted to the parliament, 11040 cases were reported in 2010, 24210 cases reported in 2011 while only 970 cases were diagnosed in 2012.

The ministry has been assigned the responsibility of establishing coordination mechanism among provinces and Area Health Departments to ensure successful implementation of disease control strategies.

The documents further revealed that 144 cases of polio were reported in 2010, 198 in 2011 and 58 in 2012. For Dengue and Hepatitis, the Ministry is providing support to the provinces through international technical agencies and various institutions under its administrative control.

It has established a health services Academy which offers capacity building in Entomology and Dengue control and laboratory Insectory for research in vector control.

The Directorate of Malaria, the documents said, provide support like long lasting impregnated nets ( LLIN) for vector control and also recently deputed teams for surveillance in Swat on the request of DGH Khyber Pakhninkhwa for recent dengue out
breaks.

For polio a National Emergency Action Plan 2013 has been developed for eradication of Polio.

The ministry has also constituted National Task Force under the leadership of the Prime Minister with all Chief Ministers as members which provides Policy direction and oversight to the initiative.

Prime Minister’s Polio Monitoring Cell provides updates, data inputs and analysis to the National Task Force and besides it coordinates the effort between provinces, international partners and different Federal Government Ministries and agencies for effective implementation of the campaigns.

Under TB control program around 600 suspects tested conducted each year free of cost and 1.5 million TB cases treated free of cost with quality assured anti-TB drugs since 2001 in the country.