Dengue cases rise across Pakistan amid floods

By: News Desk
Published: 11:04 AM, 15 Sep, 2022
dengue cases have been reported in Karachi
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This month, a record breaking 1,277 dengue cases have been reported in Karachi surpassing the record of previous month that was 1265, while 205 new cases of dengue were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last 24 hours taking the tally to 3,210 in the province.

On the other hand, 67 patients were diagnosed with the fever in Lahore in last 24 hours whereas 128 patients have been brought to the public and private hospitals of Islamabad, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday. 

A dengue emergency is looming all over Pakistan as scores of cases are surfacing daily in metropolis cities of Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

With hundreds of cases being reported each day, especially from Karachi where hospitals have reportedly run out of space to accommodate dengue patients and situation is dire. 

According to Sindh government data, there have been around 3,830 cases of dengue in Karachi this year, of these 163 of these have been reported in last 24 hours. Nine people have lost their lives in Karachi suffering from dengue

Data further bears that , Central District and Eastern District of Karachi are reported in the central district while 36 cases have been reported in the eastern district, 32 in the Korangi district, 25 in the southern district, 8 in the Malir district, 8 in the Kemari district and 4 in the western district.

On the other hand, the number of patients being treated for dengue fever in the hospitals of Lahore, have reached 200. Dengue has seen a sharp surge in Provincial capital as 67 more new dengue patients were brought to the hospitals. 

A total of 128 patients were admitted to the public and private hospitals of Islamabad and 75 cases came from rural areas while 53 cases came from urban population. It is to be mentioned here that four deaths have also been reported so far in the capital. 

Owing to the unprecedented floods in the country, situation of dengue is alarming to a large extent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The genie of dengue is becoming impossible to put back in the bottle.

According to health Department, 205 new cases of dengue were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in last 24 hours taking the total toll to 3,210 in the province. More Official data indicated that the highest number of 100 new dengue cases was reported in Mardan, Nowshera reported 26 new cases, and 8 cases emerged in Peshawar and 23 cases in Kohat. According to the data, four people have died due to dengue in the province. 

In order to cope with this growing epidemic, Islamabad Health Regulatory Authority issued a notification on the rate of dengue test.  

According to the notification, price of dengue test has been reduced to Rs1800 in all private hospitals and laboratories. That private hospitals and laboratories will be obliged to display dengue test rates while making the entry of machine, kit and individual patch number mandatory in the test report. 

“Action will be taken against hospitals and laboratories receiving high rates of dengue tests and who do not follow the instructions,” as per Health Regulatory Authority.