292 cases of dengue reported in Punjab during last 24 hours
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The dengue fever cases are continuing to increase across Pakistan as only 292 cases of dengue reported in Punjab during last 24 hours on Tuesday. According to the report of the Punjab health department, as many as 292 cases of dengue were reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to dengue illness has soared to 13 in the province in the last two months, reads the report. The provincial health department also said that the number of dengue patients has jumped to 2,721 in Punjab, during the current year. The tally in Faisalabad has risen to 59 this year. As many as 145 more dengue patients have been reported in Islamabad and 106 in Rawalpindi. 140 more persons have been tested positive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as the total number of sufferers in the province has surged to 2,758. It is pertinent to mention here that the dengue virus has also spread in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Jhang, Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Mirpur and other parts of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. Taking notice of the increasing number of cases in the province, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday had said that provincial ministers and assembly members will be assigned duties to monitor anti-dengue measures in red zones. Presiding over an emergency meeting to review anti-dengue measures in the province, Usman Buzdar had said expressed his strong concerns over the increase in the number of dengue patients in Lahore and Rawalpindi. PML-N demands Punjab CM's resignation On Sunday, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb has asked Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar for resignation over grave situation of dengue outbreak. Reacting to the media briefing of State Health Minister Dr Zafar Mirza, Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the Punjab chief minister, his advisers and ministers should better resign instead of informing about dengue patients. She also demanded to impose emergency across Pakistan and facilitate the people with free dengue tests. “The virus cannot be controlled by holding press conferences on government expenses,” she added. The PML-N spokesperson also mentioned that the government cannot hide its incompetency for sacking the government officers.