Mosquito-borne virus, dengue fever, has again been on rise in the country with highest number of cases reported in Karachi.
Situation is becoming alarming in Rawalpindi which witnessed 181 more cases of dengue virus in last 24 hours and increased the number of affected patients to 2,601. Two more people were also rushed to hospital in Faisalabad.
Dengue outbreak affected four more districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where 1,638 cases were reported in the province. In a report published by the Health Department, 61 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported in Peshawar taking the total to 985. Nine dengue cases have been reported in Abbottabad, nine in Buttagram, five in Haripur, eight in Mansehra, while 10 cases have been reported in Swat and four in Mardan. 12 dengue cases have been reported in Shangla, three in Buner and one case in Lakki Marwat.
Two more patients have been admitted to Allied Hospital in Faisalabad, after which the number of affected patients has increased to 39. A resolution against the increase in the number of dengue patients has been submitted to the Punjab Assembly.
After continuously increasing in the number of dengue patients, Additional Deputy Commissioner Saima Younas directed the officials to expedite surveillance activities or tracing larva and its eradication besides focusing on hotspots from where dengue cases were being reported equally giving attention towards the places from where larva has been detected.
She directed the officials to make maximum arrangements for the treatment of dengue fever patients, besides all possible preventive measures to meet any eventuality. She directed to create awareness among the residents of the use of mosquito net or mosquito repellants like mats and coils.
Anti-Dengue Campaign in-charge Dr Zeeshan Ahmed said that fogging and surveillance has been lengthened in these areas while anti-dengue spray was also being carried out at bus terminals. He said that dengue was under control in Rawalpindi and the Health Department was on high alert to cope with any situation.
He called upon the residents to keep an eye on junkyards, educational institutions and under-construction buildings which lead to spread of dengue larvae. He also requested the residents that leave no place wet or with stagnant water.