Dengue related infections have gripped Pakistan with an unprecedented intensity and magnitude that our country has never encountered before. Dengue fever has touched lives adversely, leaving behind tears and fears, scaring the psyche of the nation for at least a short time. A nation that is already fighting war on terror on multiple fronts, Dengue related morbidity and mortality could not have occurred at a more difficult time. Instead of giving up to this adversity, we decided to stand up and take the challenge head on. Since Dengue related infections are a relatively new disease in this part of the world, doctors’ training and guidance was of paramount importance. For this very purpose, Dengue Expert Advisory Group was formed for provision of advanced clinical advice for management of difficult dengue cases, development of national guidelines and capacity building for medical and paramedical staff.
Dengue is an endemic disease in Pakistan while rising population densities and climate change have made Punjab as one of the epicenters for the country's largest dengue fever outbreak. In the wake of these regional threats, being ever-vigilant with ready responses to dengue outbreaks are key to lowering fatality rates. Additionally, even as curative action coupled with vector control remain the backbone of dengue control. Dengue Expert Advisory Group serves as a platform for dengue experts from across the province to discuss the issues that surround dengue disease management and propose strategies that can enhance dengue control. Such a wide representation of key stakeholders helps to throw light on the burden of dengue, its management, new vector control strategies and updates on the dengue vaccine. Proactive management of dengue involves a multi-disciplinary effort with team training, rehearsal of skills from triage to ICU team, and early recognition, monitoring, and management of fluid therapy. DEAG carries out all these activities by developing guidelines and protocols that are disseminated across the province by its diligent and energetic team of master trainers.