Foreign Dengue Management experts visit Khyber Teaching Hospital

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Prof Dr Siripen Kalayanarooj Director World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Dengue Case Management, Queen Siriket Hospital Mahidol University Thailand and Prof Dr Mukada consultant WHO collaborating Center for Dengue Case Management Thailand along with Head of Office WHO sub office Peshawar Dr M Saeed Akbar and Dr Sardar visited KTH.

They visited the Dengue OPD, Dengue Facilitation Clinics, Dengue Laboratory Clinics, medical wards and other dengue facilitating unit. WHO Dengue Collaboration Center in Thailand experts were called by the Provincial Health Department to visit the hospitals catering dengue patients and affected areas. T

he team visited hospital and held consultative meetings with the faculty experts and helped in developing SoPs and protocols which can be applicable throughout the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa while dealing with dengue patients. The foreign expert team will have two day comprehensive contact session on dengue case management with the consultants from all the district hospitals of KP. The dengue management experts started their sessions with MTI KTH as the hospital is facing 90% of the dengue influx and has made exclusive arrangements for the dengue patients. The experts wanted to get first hand information from the senior faculty of MTI KTH before starting the training sessions to know the ground realities. MTI KTH is following the bed management policy strictly.

Prof Dr Hashim Uddin Azam Khan Chairman Infectious Control Committee, Prof Dr Ghulam Shabir and Associate Prof Dr Wazir Mohammad Khan Medicine Department briefed foreign experts and replied to the queries regarding patient care. They explained the team about how they implement WHO, CDC, and international protocols and guidelines. The protocols and guidelines are displayed in different wards as well as clinics in the institution.

During the discussion it was pointed out that more than 30% patients do not need admissions. When a patient is diagnosed of dengue in the hospital it is very difficult to shift them to another hospital is very difficult because most of the time they refuse to go to any other hospital.

Hospital Director Dr Nekdad Khan briefed the team about the overall arrangements made by the institution for the special facilitation and arrangement of dengue patients in outbreak.

Medical Director Prof Dr Rooh-ul-Muqim explained the clinical side, hospital admission and referral policy followed by the institution.

Director Pathology Dr Asghar briefed them about how pathology department is working round the clock and details of the patient screening were shared.

Blood Bank In-charge and focal person for dengue Dr Farman Ali explained them the data collection process of the patients and how it is shared with the stakeholders for prevention of dengue.

The team was told that so far KTH has screened 69966 out of which 15441 were positive for dengue serology. 4198 patients were admitted in MTI KTH whereas 4004 were recovered and discharged till date.

The dengue management experts appreciated the efforts made by MTI KTH clinical and non clinical staff that is working day and night to facilitate the patients.