73 more dengue cases reported in Punjab

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Around 73 new cases of dengue virus were reported in Punjab on Sunday while death was caused by the virus.

According to the Health Department, a total of 1,002 dengue virus cases have been reported so far during the current year while three people died of the virus and 229 patients are under treatment in different hospitals of the province.

The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department reported 28 dengue cases in Rawalpindi, 34 in Lahore, two each in Multan and Sialkot, and one each in Chakwal, Layyah, Okara, Narowal, Toba Tek Singh, Bahawalnagar and Gujranwala during the last 24 hours. All suspected dengue virus cases are under surveillance and their tests are being conducted, a spokesperson said.

The anti-dengue squad, under the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD), killed dengue larvae at 645 places in the province during daily surveillance.

The anti-dengue squad conducted surveillance at 332,784 indoor and 79,271 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours. The P&SHD urged people to adopt precautionary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.

Meanwhile, an awareness walk about prevention of dengue virus was held here on Sunday.

The walk organized by Rescue-1122 in collaboration of district administration, started from Rescue central station Kutchery Road and concluded at DC office after marching through various streets. District Emergency Officer Engineer Naveed Iqbal led the walk which was participated by rescuers and rescue guards.

Later, a seminar was organized at Central Station Rescue-1122. Speaking on the occasion, District Emergency Officer (DEO) Engineer Naveed Iqbal said that a dengue prevention campaign at all rescue station across the district was was launched on the direction of Deputy Commissioner Maisam Abbas and Director General Punjab Emergency Service Department Dr. Rizwan Naseer.

Station in-charges of Sialkot district, including Pasrur, Daska and Sambrial conducted cleanliness drives at their stations especially eliminating dengue hotspots, and worked for dengue prevention around the station building.

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