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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How dengue works and how to be safe

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Coping with dengue correctly is biggest challenge at the moment for people of Pakistan. 5000 people across Pakistan already affected by dengue fever and 31 of which died, as these were official figures so on ground situation may be even worse. It is very important to act correctly at the moment to be safe, so carefully read following information and share with people you care for greater good.

How dengue works/spreads?

Dengue virus spreads from person to person but not directly. In fact it can never transfer from one person to another directly. It do spread from one person to another but via mosquitoes trough following events.

  • A mosquito bytes a human with dengue fever and gets infected.
  • Infection grows inside the body of mosquito for seven days before it can infect another person.
  • After seven days of dengue virus infection growth in mosquito body, now if that mosquito bites another person then the virus gets transferred to that person and that person gets the dengue fever.

It is believed by some scientists that dengue virus first transferred to humans from the gorillas through mosquitoes.

Symptoms

Symptoms include severe fever itself, severe headaches, severe pains in muscles and joint, a specific kind of dengue rash, pin point red spots on some parts of body and sometimes may include bleeding from nose, eyes and mouth etc. Also it decreases the quantity of platelets in the body. Platelets are important for healing and help stop bleeding when someone gets injured. Same is reason that if some dengue fever patient gets a cut or a wound on his/her body it is difficult rather almost impossible to stop bleeding.

Treatment

There is no vaccine/medicine brought forward that could coupe with dengue fever, however the dengue fever lasts about three to seven average in patients and they get well automatically. During the fever the bodies of affected people are injected with platelets taken from bodies of healthy people involving a procedure of cycling the blood out and back in the body of donor to separate some platelets for patient. Also as the temperature starts getting normal the platelets automatically start growing in the body of patient but its very important that patient stays very careful in terms of cuts and wounds during the fever.

How to be safe?

As it is spreads via mosquito, so it is very dangerous to have mosquito around these days, use all kinds of products to eliminate and keep mosquito away from you. The weak point on part of mosquito is that it have to grow the virus for seven days in its body before infecting another human being, same thing gives us power so that we have seven days to eliminate that one mosquito and if we are doing the right thing daily then it may be eliminated before it may infect another human being. After reading and understanding all of above info its time to declare war against mosquitoes, dengue fever and dengue virus. So make sure you do your part by acting upon following things.

  • Don’t let any kind of water be gather on open spaces near your home or offices etc.
  • Even be careful in watering in door plants at your home or workplace.
  • Sprays to prevent mosquitoes are must, government is on the move to do those kinds of sprays but if you could manage yourself near/inside your home, it would be great, as its reported that low quality solutions were used in government led sprays which are not effective in eliminating mosquitoes.
  • In rooms and closed indoor spaces use preferably electronic or other kind of products to eliminate mosquitoes.
  • Make it even harder for mosquitoes to even access indoor places.
  • Avoid unprotected public places.
  • Keep yourself covered.
  • Some people would also like to use products/solutions for their body parts to keep mosquitoes away but I not a fan of that method. However feel free to go for it.
  • Mosquitoes may be in more quantity near or on places with lots of plants, so try to avoid such places.
  • Raise the awareness about the issue by educating other, you can share this post with others in this regard.
  • Also do comment below, you can also share more info about dengue and ideas to stay safe from dengue via comments below.

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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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