After the outbreak in Peshawar, dengue virus now reported in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad
After the widespread outbreak of Dengue virus in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the virus has now been reported in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
As many as 25 fresh patients has been reported positive after they had been admitted in the different government hospitals of twin cities.
According to the official sources different hospitals, a total of 15 patients from rural areas including Barakahu, Tarlai, Rawat, and Sohan while 10 cases were from the urban areas of the federal capital were reported.
The patients, whose Dengue tests reported positive has been admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) in Islamabad and to the Holy Family Hospital and the Benazir Hospital in Rawalpindi.
Ten patients who were admitted in Federal Government Poly Clinic included M Tayyab, M Abdullah, Baber Ali, Attique-ur-Rehman, Saghir Ali, M Imran, Nadir Masih, Savera Nokhaiz, M Waseem Khan and Usman Ali.
Meanwhile, the hospital administration has set aside beds and providing medical treatment to the dengue patients
Pakistan is witnessing a rise in dengue cases this year which has killed 5 people so far in KPK. The recent outbreak of dengue continued to wreak havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the Punjab government, the medical teams in Peshawar have treated 2,062 patients and screened 595 individuals till now. Out of 595, the presence of dengue was confirmed in 175 people.
Doctors urge residents to take preventive measures
Keeping in view the current situation, hospital officials have advised residents of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad to take preventive measures against dengue.
The administration urged aid that citizens should properly dispose of solid waste and stop water storage practices at their residences to prevent any access to egg-laying female mosquitoes.
They said that dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. While the engue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female Aedes mosquitoes.
The advisory added that dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of female Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitoes generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected patient.
Prevention strategy against Dengue fever
To avoid deadly mosquitoes bite, we should take following necessary precautions to combat dengue fever:
- Keep home, environment and surrounding hygienic
- Don’t store water and remove all stagnant water and containers
- Keep all drains well maintained and repair all chokes
- Fill up all defective grounds
- Cover all containers properly
- Wrap all unused plastic tyres
- Regularly change water in animal drinking containers
- Use mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito bite
- Use aerosols and mosquito coils to kill mosquitoes
- Wear long sleeve and fully covered clothes
- Use mosquitoes net around bed while sleeping