Dengue virus claims one more life in Peshawar


Dengue virus has claimed the life of one more victim in Peshawar on Saturday, raising the death toll to eight.

According to details, the victim was being treated at the Khyber Teaching Hospital in the provincial capital.
The outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Peshawar as 69 new cases surfaced in the city on Thursday.
According to the Punjab government’s spokesman, the medical teams working in Peshawar had treated 2,062 patients and screened 595 individuals as of Tuesday. Out of 595, 175 people were diagnosed with dengue.
Earlier, the KP Health Department had sought assistance from the provincial education department in containing the dengue outbreak.
In a letter written to the education department, the health authorities emphasised the need for raising awareness in students about the mosquito-borne virus.
The education officials were instructed to advise students to wear full sleeves and use mosquito repellent ointments. Moreover, administrations of educational institutes were directed to modify the morning assembly timings as the dengue mosquito strikes 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 24/7 to give service to dengue patients on helpline established at Provincial Disaster Management Authority, a notification issued by KP Health Department had said.