Punjab health experts fear dengue’s resurge


On CM’s direction eight buses reached Bahawalpur

After an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, a dengue outbreak has been feared in Punjab’s provincial capital, Lahore, ARY News reported on Sunday.

According to details, after the coronavirus in Lahore, the threat of dengue also began to loom after heavy rains, and the authorities expressed fears of dengue spreading in the city after the rains.

The Punjab chief secretary issued high-risk alerts in 10 towns of Lahore and secretaries were posted in the said areas. The secretaries will send their report to the Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Health Punjab.

It may be recalled that the rate of coronavirus cases is also increasing in Punjab province, while the positivity rate has reached 2.82 per cent in Lahore.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that has rapidly spread in recent years around the world.

These mosquitoes are also vectors of chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika viruses. Dengue is widespread throughout the tropics, with local variations in risk influenced by rainfall, temperature, relative humidity and unplanned rapid urbanization. Meanwhile, eight additional Speedo buses reached Bahawalpur to provide the latest quality travel facilities to the people of Bahawalpur.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz said that Bahawalpur Speedo bus service was closed during the tenure of previous government.

He said that around 20,000 people would benefit from quality travel facilities on a daily basis and vowed to fulfil every promise being made with the people of South Punjab.

The Speedo bus service was launched in the first phase with 12 buses and now additional service of eight buses have been started in the second phase, he added. He said that total 20 buses were providing the latest quality travel facilities to the people of Bahawalpur.

The CM had announced to restore Speedo bus service in his public rally speech during his last month visit of Bahawalpur.

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