Officials on toes as dengue cases spurt in Karachi
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A surge in dengue cases followed by heavy floods and downpours in this monsoon season overwhelmed the citizens of metropolitan as 349 more cases have been reported within a day, while 11 succumbed to death due to this virus, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.
As per data provided by Sindh Health Department, 5,025 have been reported across the province so far this year. Of them, 2,818 have been affected only this month, which is a high number.
The deadly vector-borne disease has claimed 11 lives so far in this month.
Medical experts have advised the citizens to be very careful and to use mosquito repellent lotion, wear full sleeves clothes, repair the holes in the doors of the houses, remove any stagnant water around the home and avoid camping near still water.
Dr Khadim Hussain, who is the in-charge of the emergency ward of Civil Hospital, told the media that health officials are on their toes and dengue wards have been set up in many hospitals across Sindh after the announcement of the health department.
Citizens, however, seem resentful and complain the total absence of preventive measure to eradicate dengue.
On the other side, Lahore has reported105 new dengue cases in a single day, making the dengue situation in all over Punjab alarming as 3,437 dengue patients have been reported so far across Punjab during this year, whereas the total number of dengue victims in Islamabad has reached 1,456 and 68 new dengue patients have been brought to the hospitals in last 24 hours, making the situation more precarious.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue virus while three have died suffering from it.
Reporters: Kifayat Ali Shah, Zahid Chaudhry