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22 November 2017 Last updated 7 minutes ago

Dengue outbreak in Peshawar claims another life, death toll rises to 8

Dengue outbreak in Peshawar File photo Dengue outbreak in Peshawar

Another dengue patient in the city on Saturday succumbed to the dengue virus, bringing the death toll to eight from seven on August 24.

The deceased was under treatment in the Khyber Teaching Hospital.

Doctor, nurse treating dengue in Peshawar contract A doctor from the Punjab medical team treating dengue patients in Peshawar's Tahkal area has contracted the virus, sources in the Punjab Medical Health Unit said. Dr Abid has returned to his native village of Mianwali after reports showed he tested positive for dengue.

However, incharge of the medical health unit Dr Farooq Sultan has said that Abid has contracted malaria.

A nurse at the Khyber Teaching Hospital has also tested positive for dengue, sources said

The outbreak continues to wreak havoc in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s provincial capital as 69 new cases surfaced on Thursday.

According to the Punjab government's spokesman, the medical teams working in Peshawar had treated 2,062 patients and screened 595 individuals as of Tuesday. Out of 595, 175 people were diagnosed with dengue.

Earlier, the KP health department had written a letter to the education department, stating that the latter can play a pivotal role in the control of the dengue outbreak.

The letter outlines measures that can be undertaken by the education department to control the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.

In the letter, students have been advised to wear full sleeves and use mosquito repellent ointments. Moreover, administrations of educational institutes have been directed to modify the morning assembly timings as the dengue mosquito attacks in that time period.

The administrations have also been directed to halt all construction activities till the outbreak is over, arrange regular awareness sessions with students and teachers, and ensure no container is left with standing water where mosquitoes could breed.

As many as three doctors would be available 24/7 to give service to dengue patients on helpline established at Provincial Disaster Managment Authority, a notification issued by Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa Health Department had said.