5,000 suspected dengue cases reported in Pakistan

September 14th, 2011 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Sep 14 (IANS) About 5,000 suspected cases of dengue fever have been reported from across Pakistan, Punjab’s capital Lahore alone reporting over 4,000 of these cases.

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province Wednesday said it is struggling to control dengue, which health officials suspect is assuming epidemic proportions with nearly 5,000 cases, Xinhua reported.

Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif told a news conference that his government has ordered urgent import of 150 machines from Germany, latest technology from Britain and medicines from India to tackle dengue outbreak.

A Sri Lankan medical team with medicines and equipment has arrived to help the government of Punjab to fight the dengue epidemic.

In Lahore, doctors said three more people died in the city Wednesday, taking the toll from dengue to 17 in the last two months.

A hospital chief in Lahore said nearly 800 people visited his hospital Wednesday for the dengue virus test, and 10 to 15 percent of them tested positive.

In Islamabad, at least 40 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported.

In Sindh province, a total of 211 cases have been confirmed so far.

Three deaths and 25 suspected cases have also been confirmed in northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province where several hundreds have been put under surveillance, said provincial health officials.

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