Lahore: A team of Pakistani officials on Friday
travelled to India to procure urgently needed medicines that
would help counter a dengue outbreak that has claimed over 20
lives and affected thousands of people in Punjab province.
The team, comprising Punjab Social Welfare secretary
Fazal Abbas Mekan and Health Department dermatologist Asif
Mahmood, crossed over to India via the Wagah land border.
They will travel to Ahmedabad to procure the dengue
medicines and other items like detection kits, officials said.
Officials of the Indian High Commission said the visas of
the two officials were speedily processed following a request
from the Punjab government.
Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Saeed Elahi told PTI that
the medicines procured from India would be provided at about
20 per cent less than the existing prices in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, four more people died of dengue today, taking
the death toll in the province to 26.