A staff member of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) died on Sunday of dengue virus, taking the death toll due to the mosquito-borne disease in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 49. According to the KTH administration, ward boy Altaf was admitted to the hospital due to high fever three days ago but later succumbed to the disease.
The deceased belongs to Peshawar’s Paoka area. Authorities had found dengue larvae in water samples in various areas of the city, including Tehkal, Safaid Dheri, Shadi Peer and Palosi. The Peshawar district administration has said several teams were working towards eradicating the dengue virus and have fumigated over 15,000 houses so far in an attempt to kill dengue mosquitoes and their eggs. Moreover, the local administration has decided to begin a dengue awareness campaign in all educational institutes as well.—INP