Islamabad: Surge in dengue cases reported while Covid-19 positivity drops below 1pc

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Zubair Qureshi

The health authorities of the federal capital are concerned about the steady rise in the number of dengue cases in the city as almost daily, more than 100 cases are being reported from the rural and the urban areas of the federal capital.

This has built up pressure on the public sector and private hospitals amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Wednesday turned out to be the third consecutive day when the capital reported over 100 dengue fever patients, 115, thus taking the overall number of cases in the capital to 1458.

“On Tuesday, at least 113 people contracted the fever and five more succumbed to it in a day,” said an official of the health department adding over 200 patients are under treatment at different hospitals.

On Monday the tally was 121, according to the district health department of Islamabad.

According to the health officer, 948 cases were reported from rural areas while 470 cases were confirmed in urban areas of Islamabad.

The Islamabad administration has launched an anti-dengue campaign in response to the alarmingly high levels of dengue fever cases.

On the other hand, according to Islamabad’s District Health Officer, Dr Zaeem Zia, almost 80 per cent of the eligible population of the federal capital has received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine and the positivity rate in the capital has dropped below 1 per cent i.e. 0.97 per cent.

Against 4,134 tests conducted during the last twenty-four hours, 40 persons were found infected with Covid-19 showing less than 1 per cent positivity rate, he gave further details.

The city’s tool, however, after two deaths during the last twenty-four hours, has climbed to 935.

The success against Covid-19, he said, was made possible because people are strictly following the SOPs and an accelerated vaccination drive currently underway.

The district health teams are administering Covid-19 vaccine jabs to even 12-year old boys and girls and on Wednesday, too an entire batch of students of a local school came for vaccination.

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