Dengue showing no signs of waning
459 cases reported in Punjab: 142 more fall victim to the fever in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Islamabad records 147 patients
The dengue epidemic is not showing any signs of receding as more and more people in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad are falling victims to the fatal mosquito sting, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
According to the KP health department on Sunday, 142 people contracted dengue during the past 24 hours. The total number of dengue patients has reached 3,938 in the province. At least 5 people have succumbed to the disease in the province so far.
The provincial health department has declared 5 districts high risk. Nowshera, Mardan, Peshawar, Buner and Haripur are affected most of the outbreak. There are 181 dengue patients in the KP hospitals.
Department of Primary and Secondary Healthcare Secretary Sikandar Baloch called upon expediting the anti-dengue efforts in Punjab. He said 459 dengue cases were reported in the province during the past 24 hours. He informed that 335 dengue cases were reported yesterday in Lahore.
The secretary stated that 64 dengue cases were reported in Rawalpindi; 8 in Attock; 6 in Khanewal; 5 in Gujrat; 4 each in Faisalabad, Muzaffarghar, Okara and Sahiwal; 3 each in Hafizabad and Sheikhupura; and 2 cases were reported in Chakwal during past 24 hours.
Mr Baloch said that during the current year, the total number of dengue patients in Punjab was 6,727 and in Lahore there were 4,874 confirmed cases. As many as 19 people have died of dengue disease so far.
He informed that yesterday the provincial health department had increased the number of beds for dengue patients in the teaching hospitals of the province.
According to the Islamabad district health officer, a total of 1,948 people were diagnosed with dengue. In the rural areas of the federal capital, 1,249 dengue cases were reported and in urban areas, the number of the confirmed cases was 699 whereas, the number of deaths in the federal capital was 6.