Rawalpindi (October 10, 2018): The dengue fever broke out in Rawalpindi as 22 more patients were reported within the last 24 hours in the city.
The viral fever has spread with enormous speed and the precautionary measures adopted by the authorities are nowhere to be found in the city in this regard.Sources said that 22 dengue patients were brought to three hospitals including Holy Family Hospital, Benazir Bhutto Hospital and District Hospital in the past 24 hours.
Meanwhile, laboratory test of 18 patients at the Holy Family Hospital confirmed as dengue positive. Sources said that the number of patients affected by the bite of Aedes mosquito has reached a figure of 200 during this year.Dengue fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes and is a global public health concern. There is no vaccine available in Pakistan for the virus, which kills an estimated 20,000 people each year and infects up to 100 million across the world, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Earlier on September 04,Dengue virus had became uncontrollable in Jamrud town of Khyber Agency.
According to authorities of Health department, another 20 patients had been diagnosed with Dengue virus in Jamrud. Infected people include women, kids and government employees. Dengue cases toll has rose to 110 after these cases.According to authorities of Health department, most of the patients have been shifted to hospitals in Peshawar, due to lack of facilities. It was further mentioned that mosquito repellent has been sprayed in infected areas as per survey.
On the other hand, area residents said that steps taken by health department were unsatisfactory.