Dengue fever claims two more lives, toll in KP mounts to 58

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: The dengue fever claimed two more lives on Thursday, taking the overall death toll to 58 as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) provincial government and its health departments failed to put up a coordinated response to the expanding epidemic.

According to Dengue Response Unit (DRU) Aafia Bibi, under treatment at Kuwait Teaching Hospital and Lal Badshah being treatment at Mardan Medical Complex expired despite all out efforts of the medics taking the toll due to the epidemic to 58.

The DRU said that 1,873 suspected patients turned up at the hospitals and 481 of them tested positive for the ailment.

About 122 new patients were hospitalized, bringing the number of total admissions to over 400.

Sources said that there is no coordination among line departments, district governments and civic agencies to adopt a holistic approach towards the issue due to which the concerns are growing that situation in other districts such as Mansehra, Haripur, Abbottabad, Buner, and Malakand may go Peshawar’s way.

The major hospitals of the provincial capital which are dealing the majority of the dengue patients, are finding it hard to tackle the situation.

Sources said that dengue patients were being admitted in different wards of the hospital that put at risk the lives of staff and people admitted for treatment of other diseases.