Death toll from dengue fever climbs to 15 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


PESHAWAR Sept 5 (TNS):  The outbreak of dengue fever in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has so far claimed fifteen lives within two months with 400 patients suffering from the epidemic, being treated at different health facilities across the province.

The provincial health authorities’ efforts to rein in mosquito-borne disease does not seem to yield results as yet as the epidemic has recently claimed two more lives, pushing the total death toll to fifteen.

Authorities said more than 400 patients suffering from the deadly disease were being treated at different hospitals in the province.

Of around 1500 tested, 300 people were found positive for dengue virus, according to KP’s Dengue Response Unit.

The authorities said two people fell prey to the disease of late in a neighborhood of Abbottabad, whereas Peshawar’s Tehkal area has been the worst affected area by the disease.

The provincial government has also launched a door to door spray campaign to control the spread of dengue fever.

Earlier on Aug 19, the Punjab government had sent its healthcare experts to Peshawar to help control the spread of dengue fever and guide physicians regarding effective management of patients suffering from the disease as no specific medicine is available in the world for the treatment of this disease.

Punjab Chief Minister’s Dengue Research Cell in-charge Prof. Waseem Akram led a team of senior entomologists who assisted their counterparts in the province to combat dengue.