Six new dengue patients reported in Lahore
18 August, 2013
LAHORE: At least six new dengue fever patients have been reported in different hospitals during the last 24 hours, while the number of affected dengue patients has increased to 29.
The spread in the disease has been linked to the torrential rains and accumulated water in the city.
The newly admitted patients include 18-year-old Shehroz, 15-year-old Anum, 16-year-old Maham, 40-year-old Khurram, 30-year-old Ashraf and 35-year-old Sardar Muhammad. They belong to Shadbagh, Ferozwala and Qila Lakhsman Singh areas.
Sources said that the number of dengue fever patients had increased to more than 1,000 across Punjab. Due to continuing rainfall the number of patients would likely increase, sources claimed.
They said that this season is the most favourable for dengue larvae and the rainwater could still found in various places of the city.
Health experts said the dengue virus re-emerges twice a year from February to April and from September to November. In the first period of the year, a few cases of dengue fever were reported, while more cases were reported in the second phase (from September to November). The experts say dengue fever cases usually emerge in September, a month-long breeding period for dengue mosquitoes.
This year dengue cases continued to appear in early August, which signals that the dengue virus is getting stronger and mosquitoes are resisting the insecticides more effectively, experts said.
The experts termed the current monsoon season a threat for another large-scale epidemic of dengue fever, especially for those patients who encountered the same disease last year.
They said that there are very simple methods to stop the breeding of the dengue mosquito. They include changing water daily in flowerpots and there should be no water left in trays of water pots, tires, bottles, bathtubs and water tanks. They further said that citizens should fumigate, as well as use bug zappers in their houses.
In 2011, the number of dengue patients in Punjab totalled 20,976 out of which 17,314 belonged to Lahore. The virus killed a total of 329 people, 284 of them belonged to Lahore. However, in 2012 the number of dengue-affected patients reached more than 200, while no death was reported in the same period.
Acting CCPO Rai Thair along with other police officials distributed dengue awareness pamphlets on The Mall on Saturday. He also visited different police stations and monitored the cleanliness arrangements there.
The Punjab government has finalised the dengue awareness programmes, which would start today (Sunday) as " Anti-dengue day" followed by different seminars, workshops, walks and other activities.