‘Public needs more vigilance, awareness as dengue symptoms similar to Covid-19’
PESHAWAR: Amid second wave of coronavirus infection, healthcare experts on Monday urged the masses to take extra caution as the seasonal ailments like viral flue, dengue and various other diseases may further add to the situation and deteriorate healthcare system in the country. Talking to a private news channel, health experts said dengue virus and the COVID-19 virus have similar symptoms at the early stage and people generally mix infection of both COVID-19 and dengue which could cause havoc for the patients during the current season. Dr Anila Qureshi stressed for collective efforts to deal with the situation instead of spreading panic in society, adding public awareness is the only way to prevent dengue fever. She also advised policy makers to take urgent steps to ensure healthcare systems both at the federal and provincial government levels for handling any kind of healthcare emergency. She expressed caution that if the seasonal viral infections like dengue and malaria fever spread in addition to existing coronavirus pandemic, there was a chance that people with already weak immune system would face difficulty. The best way was to take precautions and preventive measures to avoid stagnation of water where mosquitoes could breed. No medicinal cure was therefore either of the two ailments, just symptomatic treatment, so people should be alert, she suggested. - APP ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������A��