Dengue death toll reaches 247 in Punjab

208 new cases of dengue have been diagnosed in Punjab out of which 165 are from Lahore alone.

Express October 18, 2011

LAHORE: Dengue claimed eight more lives on Tuesday as the death toll due to the virus climbed to 247 in Punjab out of which 232 patients are from Lahore.

Two people succumbed to the virus at the Services Hospital, one at the Mayo hospital, one at Sheikh Zayed, while four people died at the Jinnah hospital in Lahore today (Tuesday).

208 new cases of dengue have been diagnosed in Punjab out of which 165 are from Lahore alone.

With the sharp increase in new cases, the number of patients across the province has risen to nearly 17,400. Of these 15,000 people are from Lahore.

The Punjab Health Department claims 1,200 dengue patients are being treated at various hospitals in Lahore.

About 17,000 patients have been discharged from hospitals so far.

Shahbaz chairs meeting

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting to discuss the precautionary measures to be taken in order to combat dengue.

In the meeting, Sharif was told that 176 doctors and nurses have been trained in dengue treatment at various teaching hospitals.

After the meeting, Sharif said that work is underway for a formulation of a Medical Research Fund. He also asked the provincial minister and education secretary to visit public and private schools and submit a report within 24 hours.

In order to eliminate dengue, Sharif advised universities to fumigate their premises and obtain a certificate from authorities confirming the elimination of dengue.


Mohammad Ali Siddiqui | 11 years ago | Reply

Dengue is not new mosquito in Pakistan.

Every body knows what Dengue is but the dilemma is that the provincial governments do not care for the periodical spray to kill the Dengue before it kills the human beings.

The politicians are doing politics over the dead bodies of hundreds of the people, but do not have enough time to get the Dengue killed by spraying the stagnant water.

The authorities must understand that Dengue might also kill their loved ones.

Dengue is more dangerous than Al-Qaeda and Taliban, but the provincial governments have made Dengue an issue of ego.

The provincial governments are hunting for Al-Qeda and Taliban but do hunt the Dengue, who is killing the innocent people every day without fail.

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