HMC sent notices for allowing mosquito carriers to walk

Published: September 20, 2017
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Two die of viral fever in Haripur, people demand anti-mosquito spray. PHOTO: FILE

Two die of viral fever in Haripur, people demand anti-mosquito spray. PHOTO: FILE

PESHAWAR: The Dengue Response Unit (DRU) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the administration of the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC), asking it to explain why a couple, who had entered the facility carrying dengue mosquitoes, were allowed to leave without being investigated.

“The apprehended couple [carrying dengue mosquitoes] was taken to the hospital administration and was later allowed to leave without any investigation,” read the notice, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune.

The notice added that “the competent authorities have taken serious notice of this incident and has asked for an immediate report to be submitted in writing to this [DRU] office.”

Meanwhile, the death toll from the viral infection climbed to 28 on Tuesday with 77-year-old Inayat, a resident of the provincial capital, breathed his last on Tuesday.

As many as 362 people are still admitted at various health facilities across the province receiving treatment for dengue, read an official statement issued by the DRU. It added that 1,852 people were screened and 338 were found to have been infected. Of these, 115 patients were admitted to different health facilities over the past last 24 hours.

Two die of dengue in Haripur

Residents of the suburban village of Sarai Naimat Khan are demanding that the district health authorities fumigate their neighbourhood after the dengue fever claimed two more lives.

Two men, Mohammad Bakhsh and Taj Mohammad, were reported to have died separately after suffering from dengue infection.

According to reports, Bakhsh had contracted the viral flu in his native village of Sarai Naimat Khan. His family had first taken him to the Haripur Women and Children Hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with dengue and referred him to the Ayub Teaching Hospital in Abbottabad.

However, he died seven days after being admitted to the facility. Separately, Taj, an elderly mason, died of dengue fever during treatment at DHQ Dhenda.

WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM YAWAR KHAN IN HARIPUR

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2017.

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