ISLAMABAD: With the number of dengue fever patients rising in Peshawar those who can afford or have relatives have started to shift to Islamabad for better healthcare facilities.
A 27 year old expectant mother Raeesa, was admitted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) after she was tested positive for the dengue fever in Peshawar.
Dengue returns with a vengeance
The patient said she was a resident of Peshawar but her brother lived in Islamabad. She was diagnosed with dengue fever in Peshawar but she preferred to be shifted to Pims because of overcrowding in Peshawar hospitals dealing with the rush of dengue patients.
Peshawar has been reeling from a major outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease with over 800 positive cases of dengue fever and more than five deaths. Health experts have expressed fears of outbreak of dengue fever in Rawalpindi Islamabad too due to the advent of rainy season and high mobility of people of both the cities to and from Peshawar.
Meanwhile, another dengue patient, Mohammad Abdullah, from Bara Kahu was admitted at Polyclinic today.
On Saturday a 26-year-old patient was tested positive for the dengue virus and admitted at Federal Government Services Polyclinic Hospital. The hospital has established a dengue cell to deal with any emerging situation. Likewise Pims has also designated at least 50 beds in various departments to admit dengue patients.
20 dengue cases confirmed across K-P
Dengue season has started in August and the number of cases will start decreasing in November and health experts have asked the individuals to be extra vigilant to avoid contact with mosquitoes for the next four weeks.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2017.
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