Pakistan dengue
A worker sprays fumigation vapour to stem the spread of the Dengue virus in Peshawar, Pakistan, October 14, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters

Islamabd: Pakistan’s already overburdened health sector is facing a new and potential challenge of the dengue virus which is spreading fast in the country, particularly in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad.

According to the officials of the provincial health departments, if urgent measures are not taken like expanding the indoor and outdoor surveillance activities as well as awareness campaigns in the province, the catastrophe would probably go out of control.

Lahore and Islamabad are the most adversely-affected cities where more than 100 cases are reported during the last 24 hours. Lahore saw 146 new cases of dengue virus while Islamabad’s single-day tally was 125.

Likewise, KP also reported 179 cases and most of them were reported from Peshawar, according to the provincial health department. At present, more than 3,000 cases of dengue patients have been reported in the province.

740 patients admitted in Lahore hospitals

According to Punjab’s health department, Lahore shares the majority of dengue cases’ burden and a day earlier on Wednesday, the city reported 229 cases of dengue virus out of the province’s total number of 325.

In the city’s health centres, including the field hospital at Expo Centre, around 740 dengue patients are admitted.

Meanwhile, the dengue cases in Punjab have gone beyond 5,000. The information was shared by the Punjab Primary & Secondary Health Department (PSHD) in a tweet. In its post the PSHD stated the number of dengue cases in the province had reached 5,133 while the province’s toll due to the virus stands at 16.

1,750 recovered from COVID-19, 1,016 infected in one day

Pakistan is doing well against COVID-19 as the country’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to stay below 3 per cent while its recovery rate has also improved. According to the Ministry of the National Health Services the country reported 1,750 recoveries from the deadly virus in the last 24 hours while its single-day infection tally was 1,016.