Punjab sees spike in dengue cases

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Health secretary reviews preventive measures

The dengue cases continue to witness surge in Punjab as the province lodged 32 cases during the last 24 hours on Monday.

In a statement, Secretary Health Punjab said that 32 cases of dengue virus have been reported across the province during the past 24 hours.

Most of the cases (15) were reported in Rawalpindi, while Lahore lodged 11 cases of dengue virus, the official added. Moreover, Multan, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Mianwali, Rajanpur and Jhelum reported one case each.

The Secretary Health Punjab further said that so far, 1034 dengue infections have been reported in the province this year, adding that 441 of the cases were reported in Lahore alone. Meanwhile, three patients succumbed to the virus in 2022.

Earlier on August 25, it was reported that Sindh lodged 839 cases in the last 24 days. The number of dengue cases reported in Sindh reached 839 in last 24 days. Of them, the majority of cases, 787, were reported in Karachi.

District Central reported 185 cases, Malir 150, Korangi 38, and district Kemari reported 22 cases. Outside Karachi, according to the government data, a large number of cases were reported in Thatta city (13) as compared to other districts.

Meanwhile, Punjab Health Secretary Imran Sikandar Baloch conducted a detailed review of the dengue preventive measures in the province, here on Monday.

Special Secretary Dr Farrukh Naveed, medical superintendents of all teaching hospitals and other officers participated in the meeting.

The secretary said that dengue situation was being closely monitored.

The number of beds in public hospitals of Lahore and Rawalpindi were being increased for dengue patients, he added.

He said that approval would be taken from the CM office for induction of more dengue staff in the province.

Sikandar Baloch said that competent doctors would be inducted for Intensive care units in the government hospitals of Punjab.

For treatment of dengue patients in Punjab, medicines were available in abundance, he added.

He said that capacity of labs was being enhanced for conducting dengue diagnosis test.

The secretary said that result of dengue tests should be provided to patients at the earliest in public and private hospitals of Punjab. He appealed to people to implement preventive measures to control dengue.

He ordered for forming mortality committees in all hospitals.

The secretary directed the medical superintendents (MS) of all public hospitals in Punjab to provide the best treatment facilities to dengue patients.

 

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