Dengue cases are on the rise in Rawalpindi. The number of patients affected by the vector-borne disease has reached almost 2000, raising fears of an uncontrollable dengue outbreak.
About 51 patients have been admitted to several hospitals and eight have fallen prey to the disease in the past 24 hours. Dengue outbreak in Karachi has also worsened as the death toll from the viral disease has reached to six.
According to Dengue Prevention and Control Program's manager Dr Masood Solangi, the number of dengue cases is rising day by day and in a span of four days, 86 people have tested positive to the virus. A total of 2300 dengue cases have been confirmed in Karachi this year.
Dengue cases in Multan are also on the rise, as 273 patients have been admitted to various government hospitals among which 128 have been confirmed of having the virus.
The local government has directed people to take precautionary measures. People have been advised to use mosquito nets and repellents and to avoid storing water in open pots where the larvae can breed. Anti-dengue campaign was also launched in Punjab but no significant results were taken. Ministers have started preparing further strategies in view of the current dengue outbreak.