LAHORE: As many as 66 new dengue cases have been reported in hospitals across Lahore during the last 24 hours.
Express 24/7 reported Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son, Abdul Qadir Gilani has also been admitted to a hospital with dengue fever symptoms.
Express 24/7 correspondent Rabia Mehmood reported doctors at the Ganga Ram Hospital had not given a specific number of those affected by the fever but had said more patients had been coming in every day.
There has also been confusion on the number of deaths in the province. The deaths of some patients who had been diagnosed with dengue were being shown as typhoid on the death certificates.
One man died in Lahore and two others passed away in Dera Ghazi Khan as a result of the deadly fever. The Health Department of Punjab has claimed that dengue has not caused a single death in the province and that patients have been discharged from the hospitals after treatment.
A Health Department spokesman had earlier said that as many as 1,513 dengue fever patients have recovered so far and 67 cases have been reported since Saturday, of which 25 patients were under treatment in various hospitals. The remaining cases, he said, have been reported in laboratories and outdoors of various hospitals.