ISLAMABAD (9 News) – At least two more dengue patients died in Islamabad over the past 24 hours Sunday.
The health authorities confirmed the death of 12 people hit by the mosquito-borne disease across Punjab, of them, two died in Islamabad. More than 10,000 people were tested positive for dengue virus in parts of country.
The numbers of dengue patients are in Punjab 2410, 2500 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 2268 have reached in Sindh. Meanwhile, 772 case in Balochistan and 110 cases also surfaced in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).
It was also reported that people were tested positive for dengue virus in Punjab over the past 24 hours, pushing the tally of the people suffering from the deadly disease more than 10,000.
Dengue virus out of control across country
The outbreak virus has continued to spread across Pakistan as more cases have been surfaced in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore and other cities. The recent declaration of a national dengue fever epidemic in the Pakistan has sounded a public-health alarm in parts of Pakistan, as cases of the tropical virus continue to rise throughout country.
On the other hand, State Health Minister Dr Zafar Mirza has vowed to control the outbreak of dengue virus in Pakistan as soon as possible.
Addressing a press conference, the health minister said that all necessary arrangements are being made regarding outbreak response and coordination among center and provinces has also been increased. He said that the government is fully focused to address the outbreak of dengue virus in the country.
“An emergency health center has been established at National Institute of Health Islamabad to update the general public regarding latest information on the outbreak of the virus,” the minister said. “Sixteen inactive medical units in outskirts of Islamabad have been made functional to provide medical facility to dengue patients,” he added.
The health minister said two hotlines have been established for the provision of experts’ opinion to general public regarding virus control and patients’ treatment. He further urged the political parties to avoid politicizing health issues and help the affected people.