LAHORE : Punjab Health Department has issued necessary guidelines to all the principals of autonomous medical institutions, medical superintendents of public sector hospitals and all EDOs Health in Punjab regarding control of epidemics of food and waterborne diseases, especially gastroenteritis during the summer and monsoon season.
In a statement issued here, the health department s spokesman said they had been asked to make special arrangements for prevention of the disease as well as treatment of the patients. In this connection, Control Room has been set up at the Directorate General Health Services 24-Cooper Road, Lahore. Director Communicable Diseases Control (CDC) has been nominated as focal person.
A circular has already been issued to all the principals of autonomous medical institutions, medical superintendents of government hospitals and EDOs Health of all districts. They have been asked to operationalize necessary epidemiological measures according to the international protocols and prompt quality care to the gastroenteritis patients.
The spokesman further said that the control room will collect daily reports regarding the cases of gastroenteritis from the teaching hospitals as well as from the periphery which will be consolidated and submitted to the higher authorities on daily basis.
The administrations of all public sector hospitals have been directed for displaying at least two banners at each tertiary and DHQ hospital levels and one banner at each THQ, RHC and BHU levels indicating availability of medicines of gastroenteritis patients. The department has directed all the EDOs health for sampling and testing of drinking water from source and supply points in the affected areas and chlorination of water reservoirs.
Moreover, public health and food departments of district governments have also been asked to collect samples of eatables from the markets and send to the laboratories for analysis. The District Administrations have also been requested to impose Section 144 for control on sale of cut fruits, ice balls and substandard ice creams and locally prepared uncovered drinks.
The hospitals administrations have been directed for provision of ORS, intravenous drips and essential medicines in all health facilities. The EDOs Health have been directed to establish disease surveillance system and immediate notification and prompt case response. They have been further directed to established control room at EDO Health level and all the data should be sent daily through fax to the headquarter.