Dengue situation worsens in Pakistan, specially in Lahore, as it claims more lives

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Dengue claims six more lives in Lahore last day, with this reported death toll increases to 70, also reportedly more than 8000 people are effected from the disease. Unreported cases are told to be twice as much as the reported figures. In just last three weeks 130,000 people in Lahore got them tested for dengue disease.

Lahore High Court recently have set a standard unusual Rs. 90 price for dengue test all over the hospitals. All the hospitals and the laboratories in province will have to follow this standard price till 15th November for now, afterwards they may continue charging their usual prices for the test. Court was earlier informed via petition that some laboratories are tremendously over charging for the dengue fever test. The overcharging price was told to be Rs. 500 per test but in fact the test does not cost any thing more than Rs. 70.

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Dengue fever goes out of control in Pakistan with deathtoll further rising

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Dengue fever, which spreads from one human to other through mosquito bite, is spreading in Pakistan more rapidly than the fire in the bushes. Official figures already reported 6147 patients and out of which 5715 are told from the city of Lahore in Pakistan. A figure even bigger than the official figures was even not reported.

A recent death in thatta Sindh and 3 recently reported deaths in Lahore, Punjab have contributed to this seasons dengue death toll and it reached to the 32 reported deaths as we speak. Even more are most likely to be the unreported fatalities due to dengue fever.

All over Pakistan city of Lahore have been most active in terms of dengue outreach, despite claims of Punjab government, they have not able to eradicate the mosquitoes from the city and it cost was payed by people in terms of rapidly spreading dengue fever.

All over Pakistan the spray campaigns have been run by provincial governments to eradicate the dengue fever but Punjab government seem to be struggling in getting rid of the dengue mosquito, its told that use substandard spray material does not turned out effective in eradicating the mosquitoes in Punjab and this contributed to dengue fever outreach.

Dengue fever is one nasty disease where the patient may die due to the shortage of platelets in blood or may survive ultimately if he/she can survive the critical first week of the disease.

We had already done a post which explains about how to be safe from dengue fever and what are symptoms/treatment of disease, so you must read that useful piece of information.

Update: Sep 20, 1:00 am : Death toll risen to the 40 death via dengue fever in this season in Pakistan, most of them belong to the city of Lahore. Government of Punjab have to step the effort up a notch to fix the dengue situation in the city of Lahore and overall in Punjab.

Update: Sep 21, 11:30 am : Dengue death toll rises to 44 deaths country wide, new deaths included two in hospitals of Lahore. Punjab government’s spokes person claimed that they have distributed 500,000 anti-dengue kits in city of Lahore. These kits included spray pump, lotion and an informative brochure in each kit.

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Spread of dengue virus in Pakistan now picking pace

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Next challenge now for the people of Pakistan is to cope with the spread of dengue virus, which is now spreading very much rapidly. Official figures report that 2000 people in Punjab and 1700 in Sindh are affected by this virus. These figures depict that most of Punjab affectees are from Lahore Punjab. However all areas of Punjab have a number of dengue virus affectees. PIMS Islamabad alone is dealing with 155 patients of dengue virus similarly in Rawalpindi 165 cases have been already reported which include one doctor as well.

This is not all, these above figures are official, so it is believed that on ground situation is much more worse. Already there have been sprays led by government in many different areas, but on many places according to people same corruption culture came in and the low quality liquids were used which were not able to get rid of mosquito.

Mosquito is the main source of spreading this disease, this disease spreads with the byte of special kind of mosquito bite. In fact when a mosquito bites a healthy person, the mosquito gets infected and when this bytes another person he/she gets infected by dengue virus and soon faces dengue fever. So guidelines are to never let any waters gathered around or even inside your house. Use products which are effective in killing or keeping mosquito away. For extra safety keep yourself covered.

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