Death toll from dengue escalates to 17 in Peshawar


Death toll from deadly dengue virus in Peshawar on Tuesday escalated to 17 as the disease continues to wreak havoc in the province. Two people died which include four-year-old son of Tehkal’s resident Akhtar Ali and Khyber Teaching Hospital’s lab technician Iqbal’s 45-year-old wife Fatima. Previously, the provincial government imposed a health emergency on September 1 for 60 days after a delay of one and a half month.
However; even then the virus has claimed fives lives. Health minister Shahram Tarakai has said that the government is utilizing all resources to tackle the contagious disease. According to a report by Dengue Response Unit, the number of affected patients in various government hospitals of the province is 406.—INP

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