Dengue claims another life in Islamabad

267 more people contract dengue fever in KP: LHC seeks reply from Punjab govt over dengue ‘negligence’

By: News Desk      Published: 11:04 AM, 15 Oct, 2021
Dengue claims another life in Islamabad
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The federal capital was reeling under the fast-spreading dengue fever as it claimed another life taking the overall death toll in Islamabad to six.

The number of patients infected by dengue fever also rose to 649 with the registration of 121 more cases during the last 24 hours (Thursday).

The dengue fever continued to spread its tentacles in other parts of the country also, as 267 new cases of the virus were reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) during the last 24 hours, hence bringing the total number of dengue patients in the province to 1,343, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Friday. 

According to the KP health department, so far four people have lost their lives to the disease in the province while 237 dengue patients are currently admitted at hospitals. 

Out of total 267 new cases reported during the last 24 hours, 102 were reported from the provincial capital Peshawar, thus bringing the total number of patients in the city to 1043, while seven cases were reported from Haripur, 52 from Mardan and two cases from Nowshera, the department elaborated.

It further said that 520 patients also recovered from the virus in the province during the period under review.

The situation in the garrison city of Rawalpindi is not encouraging either as 59 more people reported to hospitals in the province with dengue symptoms. 

Only at city’s Allied Hospital, 249 patients are currently admitted. 

Hence the total number of people infected by the virus in the city this year stands at 1424. 

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday directed the Punjab government to submit its reply to a petition, in which it had been alleged that the provincial government had failed to take appropriate measures to control the dengue virus on November 4. 

The citizen, in his petition, had stated that despite the fact that the virus was affecting more and more people in the province; still the Punjab government had not taken the requisite steps to counter its onslaught.

Reporter Malik Ashraf