Dengue in Pak claims 21 more lives

Last Updated: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 19:22

Lahore/Islamabad: The dengue outbreak in
Pakistan has claimed 21 more lives in Punjab and
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces, taking the death toll to over
40, officials said on Saturday.

Sixteen deaths were reported from Lahore, the capital of
Punjab, and other parts of the province over the past two
days.
Among those who died in hospitals in the province
yesterday and today were a lieutenant colonel of the army and
a child.

Five deaths due to dengue have been reported in in Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa.

One death was also reported earlier from southern Sindh
province.

In Punjab, some 600 people have been added to the list of
dengue victims every day for the past three weeks, belying the
government`s claim that there were only 4,000 patients across
the country.

According to Lahore`s Allama Iqbal Medical College
principal Javed Akram, the number of dengue patients in the
city alone is more than 10,000.
He said: "Dengue has become epidemic and the coming three
weeks are crucial as there are chances that the virus may
inflict thousands more".

The Punjab government has announced that it is procuring
150 fumigation machines from Germany and medicines and kits
from India.

"A 12-member team of Sri Lankan doctors and paramedical
staff is already here to help authorities combat the deadly
virus," a health department official said.

According to a report from the Health Department of
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 109 suspected cases of dengue had been
reported in the province and 44 cases had been confirmed so
far.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 17, 2011 - 19:22

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