Seasonal influenza claims three more lives in Multan


MULTAN: Seasonal influenza in Multan has claimed three more lives with the death toll rising to 27 in over a month, informed the Department of Health Spokesperson Dr Atta-ur-Rehman.

The deceased include two women and a man, he added.

Earlier, on Friday, Multan Health Department spokesman, stated that thirty-five people died of seasonal influenza in the past one month in south Punjab cities including Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur.

In Multan, 106 cases of influenza have been confirmed since December 15, while ten more patients are under treatment in Nishter Hospital. In total 24 died in Multan due to the disease.

The epidemic claimed six lives in Rahim Yar Khan since December 15 while six more patients are under treatment in the hospital.

According to the focal person on seasonal influenza in Bahawalpur, five women and a man has died of the disease in the past one month and five more people are under treatment.

A team of specialist doctors arrived in Multan in the first week of January for the treatment of influenza. The team has been deployed at Nishtar Hospital while a massive influenza vaccination drive has been launched in Multan region to control the epidemic.

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has already taken notice of the spread of influenza and directed relevant authorities to take all possible measures for its prevention. He also advised them to organise awareness campaign regarding the illness.