Another Dengue patient died in Peshawar, death toll rises to 10

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Another dengue patient in the city on Saturday succumbed to the dengue virus, bringing the death toll to ten while around 184 people have so far affected from dengue.

According to the latest information release by the government on Saturday, that around ten people have so far died from dengue epidemic while 97 patient of were still admitted in different hospitals.

The patient was identified Muhammad Hussain (60) who was admitted in Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar. The patient belongs to Tehkal area of Peshawar which is one of the most affected areas for dengue virus.

A doctor at Khyber Teaching Hospital Dr Irafan Khan said that Muhamad Hussain bitten by the dengue few days ago and was under treatment in KTH isolation ward. Earlier to KTH he was also treated in a private hospital for one day and later brought to government hospital.

A doctor from the Punjab medical team treating dengue patients in Peshawar’s Tahkal area has contracted the virus, sources in the Punjab Medical Health Unit said. Dr Abid has returned to his native village of Mianwali after reports showed he tested positive for dengue.

However, in-charge of the medical health unit Dr Farooq Sultan has said that Abid has contracted malaria. Two doctors and a nurse has already tested positive for dengue in Khyber Teaching Hospital.

The Punjab health department team have complained that they were waiting in front of rescue 1122 headquarter for getting further directives to start their campaign however their valuable time goes wasted and no one was there to pen point an area to where they could start their activities.

So far the Punjab medical teams working in Peshawar had treated 2,062 patients and screened 595 individuals while 175 people were diagnosed with dengue.

Earlier, the KP health department had written a letter to the education department, stating that the latter can play a pivotal role in the control of the dengue outbreak.

The letter outlines measures that can be undertaken by the education department to control the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

In the letter, students have been advised to wear full sleeves and use mosquito repellent ointments.

Moreover, administrations of educational institutes have been directed to modify the morning assembly timings as the dengue mosquito attacks in that time period.

The administrations have also been directed to halt all construction activities till the outbreak is over, arrange regular awareness sessions with students and teachers, and ensure no container is left with standing water where mosquitoes could breed.

As many as three doctors would be available on daily basis to give service to dengue patients on helpline established at Provincial Disaster Management Authority, a notification issued by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department had said.