229 dengue cases reported in Punjab

About 229 new cases of dengue virus were reported in Punjab on Wednesday while no dengue patient lost his life.

According to the Health department, a total of 3,869 cases of dengue virus have been reported so far during the current year while four people have died of the virus and 889 patients are under treatment in different hospitals of the province. The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department reported 86 cases of dengue in Rawalpindi, 100 in Lahore, 8 in Gujranwala, 8 in Multan, 2 in Faisalabad, 2 in Sargodha, 1 in Toba Tek Singh, 1 in Dera Ghazi Khan, 1 in Narowal, 1 in Lodhran, 2 in Bahawalpur, 1 in Kasur, 1 in Khanewal, 8 in Attock, 1 in Jhang, 1 in Bahawalnagar, 1 in Sahiwal, 1 in Okara, 1 in Vehari and 2 cases have been reported in Gujrat during the last 24 hours till filling this news.

All suspected cases have been kept in surveillance and their tests are being conducted. The Anti-dengue squad under the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) killed dengue larvae at 1,747 places in the province during continuous daily based surveillance. The squad conducted surveillance at 434,746 indoor and 110,001 outdoor places to detect dengue larvae during the last 24 hours in different places. The P&SHD urged the people to adopt precautionary measures and keep their environment clean and dry to protect themselves from dengue.

Meanwhile, the dengue tally in Rawalpindi reached 1,481 cases, with the arrival of 63 more patients here during the last 24 hours. District Coordinator Epidemics Prevention and Control(DCEPC) Dr Sajjad Mehmood Wednesday said that among the new cases, 39 cases had arrived from Potohar town Urban area, six from Rawalpindi Cantonment, five from Municipal Corporation, Rawalpindi, three from Chaklala Cantonment and Potohar rural, two from Taxila Cantonment and one from Kahutta and Gujjar Khan.

Presently, 253 patients were admitted to three allied hospitals of the city, including 105 to the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), 84 to the District Headquarters Hospital, and 64 to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH). Dr Sajjad added that out of the total admitted patients, 165 tested positive, and 112 belonged to Rawalpindi. He informed that two patients were in a critical position at BBH and one at HFH. The health officer said the hospitals have the full capacity and potential to meet any situation arising from the seasonal disease outbreak. Dr Sajjad said, presently, disease prevention was the government’s priority, and the district health administration was working day and night to avoid the possible infection outbreak.