There is no respite for the people of Punjab from the dengue fever as four more people lost their lives to the virus in the province during the last 24 hours while 213 more cases were reported on Friday.
Primary and Secondary Healthcare Punjab Secretary Imran Iskander Baloch has said that out of four fatalities, three were reported from Lahore while one was from Rawalpindi.
Keeping in view the situation, he said he had ordered speeding up the pace of steps to control the spread of the virus. “The health department teams have already accelerated the pace of eliminating the dengue’s larvae,” he said.
Giving further details, he said that out of 213 fresh cases, 158 were reported from Lahore alone.
“Similarly, 18 cases of dengue were reported from Rawalpindi; nine from Gujranwala; four each from Hafizabad and Sargodha, three each from Kasur and Narowal and two cases each were reported from Attock, Bahawalpur, Okara, Rahim Yar Khan and Faisalabad districts,” he said, and added that 22,937 cases of the virus had come to light from across the province in this dengue season. “Out of these, 16,634 were reported from Lahore alone,” he explained.
The health department secretary went on to add that 109 people had died from the virus in Punjab so far. “Of 1, 484 patients, who are presently admitted at government hospitals across the province, 1, 013 are under treatment at hospitals in Lahore,” he elaborated.