RAHIM YAR KHAN: Three people died of jaundice after battling for their lives at Sheikh Zayed Hospital during the past 24 hours.
Doctors at the health facility said that three patients, suffering from jaundice, were admitted to the hospital. However, their condition deteriorated and they later died at the health facility. The victims were identified as 70-year-old Zaitoon Bibi, 55-year-old Mazhar Ali, and 25-year-old Muhammad Siddiq.
Rahim Yar Khan has been plagued with jaundice and the disease has claimed the lives of several people this year. Most of the victims included adults and children.
Meanwhile, data collected from Shiekh Zayed Hospital shows that more than 100 people have lost their lives since the epidemic hit the district.
They added that fears of more casualties cannot be ruled out. Health experts said arsenic contamination of underground water, reusing syringes and a lack of filtration plants are the leading causes in the spread of this potentially fatal disease.
They added raising awareness and concerted preventive measures could help overcome the outbreak.
Earlier, when Express News collected and reviewed test reports from the district’s three rural health centres, two district headquarters hospitals and Shiekh Zayed Hospital, it transpired that 63% of the population had the disease.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2018.