Dengue death toll jumps to 20 in Karachi
KARACHI: Another patient died of dengue fever in Karachi on Tuesday, taking the death toll from the mosquito-borne disease in the metropolis to 20 this year, ARY News reported.
According to Sindh Dengue Control Program (SDCP), as many as 200 people have been hospitalized due to dengue fever in the province, during last 24 hours, in which “184 patients belong to Karachi.”
SDCP in its latest report has further said that 6,932 dengue cases have been reported in Sindh, so far, out of which 6,504 patients belong to the port-city, Karachi.
Earlier in the day, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health, Dr Zafar Mirza had said the government was determined to eradicate dengue from the country on an emergency basis.
Chairing the dengue daily review meeting in Islamabad, he had said cases have significantly been reduced due to joint efforts.
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Dr Zafar Mirza had said that no interruption will be allowed in dengue planning, adding that a major project has been launched to check the virus in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
The mosquito-borne disease which may prove fatal if not diagnosed and treated in time has spread rapidly throughout Pakistan and has caused serious concern among the masses.
According to conservative estimates, the number of patients across the country has crossed 30,000 count.
Zafar Miraz on Saturday said that the government had prepared a plan for eradication of mosquito-borne disease from the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.