Two more die from dengue in Lahore
Vendors selling fish stand next to their cart during a fumigation drive as a preventive measure against the disease-carrying mosquitoes in Karachi–AFP
According to the Punjab health department, 1, 286 patients of the virus are currently admitted at Lahore’s hospitals while 8,668 cases have been reported since the ongoing dengue season began.
The department informed out of 65,296 indoor and 10033 outdoor sites its teams had inspected in the provincial capital yesterday (Tuesday), they killed the dengue larvae at 1, 132 places.
As far as the number of beds allocated for the patients of the virus at the city’s different hospitals are concerned, there are 1,338 beds reserved for the purpose at the city’s teaching hospitals. Out of these 1, 338 beds, 810 were occupied while the remaining 528 are without patients, the department disclosed.
At the city’s government hospitals, it added, 166 beds had been reserved for the dengue patients; out of which 36 beds were occupied while the remaining 130 were without patients.
Similarly, the health department said, out of 858 beds allocated for the patients at Lahore’s private hospitals, 494 were occupied while the remaining 364 were without patients.
Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department Imran Iskander Baloch has said that the department has sped up its efforts to stop the spread of the virus in Punjab.
He disclosed that 515 cases of the disease had been reported from across the province during the past 24 hours, out of which 55 were reported from Rawalpindi; nine from Sheikhupura; eight from Bahawalpur; seven each from Hafizabad and Faisalabad; six each from Gujranwala and Nankana Sahib; five from Attock, while four each from Jhang, Jhelum and Sahiwal.
Similarly, he added, so far 34 people had died due to dengue in Punjab during the ongoing season, while 11, 665 cases had been reported.
Dengue virus detected in 123 more people in Islamabad:
The dengue fever is showing no signs of retreat in Islamabad either as 123 people were diagnosed with the virus in the city and its suburbs during the last day.
The district health officer (DHO) said out of these 123 fresh cases, 57 were reported from the villages surrounding the federal capital while 66 were from the city itself.
The DHO further said that so far 3, 206 cases had come to light in Islamabad since the beginning of this dengue season; out of which 1, 881 cases were from the rural areas while 1, 325 were from the city. “So far 11 people have lost their lives to the disease in the federal capital,” he added.
Reporters Azmat Awan and Saba Bajeer