Dengue fever claims life of another patient in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – One more dengue fever patient died at the Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. According to the details garnered, 60-years-old dengue patient, under-treatment in Holy Family Hospital, died as raising the death toll from the deadly disease in twin cities. However, death toll due to dengue mosquito rises to 34 while dengue epidemic persists in other parts of Pakistan including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Lahore. Dengue is out of control in Rawalpindi. In the last 24 hours, 157 more people have been diagnosed with dengue, while 21 patients from Islamabad have been transferred to Rawalpindi, after which the total number has risen to 7,582. Lahore has received 33 new dengue patients in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 285 patients. Three more patients were admitted to Nishtar Hospital in Multan after which the number of dengue victims in Multan has increased to 25. The number of victims has risen to 134 after three more patients were admitted to Allied Hospital in Faisalabad. So far two patients have passed away in Faisalabad due to dengue virus. In Rahim Yar Khan, five dengue patients, including a baby girl, were shifted to hospital where the number of affected patients has exceeded 535. Federal govt decides to investigate dengue outbreak Earlier, the federal government has decided to investigate into the outspread of dengue fever among citizens from international institutions. According to the sources, the federal government has decided to contact global institutions for holding an investigation into dengue spreading fast across the country. In this connection, the health authorities will seek assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States (US) and Sri Lanka. The sources further said that the international experts will visit affected areas in all provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to open research on dengue larvae and its virus to ascertain the cause of the mosquito-borne disease. The decision was taken after the formal approval of Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza for initiating an investigation into dengue outspread by global experts. On the other hand, section 144 (Dengue Act) was set in motion and those found involved were fined up to Rs30,000 as a penalty.