ISLAMABAD – Dengue fever hit the Sindh province harder than other provinces during 2010 as compared to 2009, the National Assembly on Wednesday was informed on Wednesday by Inter-provincial Coordination Minister Raza Rabbani. The minister held last year’s massive floods responsible for the dengue outbreak, adding that the damage had been curtailed thanks to enhanced surveillance undertaken during the floods and the laboratory diagnostic facilities provided by the government. Rabbani
LAHORE – Sir Ganga Ram Hospital Outdoor Patients Department (OPD) ward boy Akhtar Hussain was diagnosed with dengue fever on Tuesday. He is the second dengue patient in Lahore this year after Dr Maryam, a Mayo Hospital medical student. Akhtar was suffering from dengue fever for around a week and on-duty Medical Officer (MO) Dr Waseen after adviseing him to conduct IGG and IGM tests to diagnose dengue refused to admit him without permission of senior doctors.
Akhtar said he had
LAHORE – The tall claims made by the Health Department and the government in curbing the dengue epidemic last year have proven false after Marium Zaib, a final year MBBS student at King Edward Medical University, was diagnosed positive with dengue fever. Marium is a boarder and lives in the girls’ hostel on the KEMU and Mayo Hospital premises. Marium was also diagnosed with dengue fever last year but recovered after treatment. On Tuesday, she was brought to the Mayo Hospital Emergency
LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) administration has started watering all big and small lawns and grounds within the university premises, turning them into breeding grounds for the deadly dengue mosquito, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to PU sources, the drive was started on Tuesday from the lawns in front of the Political Science and History departments and would cover all small and big lawns and grounds of the varsity during the Eid holidays. Even the students sitting
KARACHI: Forty eight more patients were tested positive for dengue fever in Sindh including 28 in Karachi on Tuesday, increasing the total number to 3,072, of which 2,610 are from Karachi and 462 are from other districts.
The government has yet to start a fumigation campaign in Karachi and other cities and towns of the province. The sale of mosquito repellents and insecticides has also increased following the dengue virus outbreak.
LAHORE: Medical experts have noticed a greater incidence of dengue virus across Lahore with a parallel decrease in the severity of the deadly disease, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Doctors serving in dengue wards of different public hospitals said that the dengue virus has changed its pattern as the number of dengue patients in critical condition has decreased in hospitals, while the overall incidence of the disease has increased.
“The number of dengue patients being admitted
LAHORE: Famous lollywood actress Meera again made the headlines on Saturday after being reportedly diagnosed with dengue fever and receiving treatment at the National Defence Hospital, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Meera’s mother Shafqat Bibi said that the actor’s condition was improving.
LAHORE: The committee formed by the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) to monitor the fumigation campaign led by the City District Government (CDGL) officials to counter the dengue virus has found lapses in the process.
The S&GAD had tasked senior government officials with monitoring the fumigation drive across the provincial metropolis, assigning all nine towns to nine senior officials. The committee became effective from October 30. Each official monitored
LAHORE: A dengue patient died for lack of platelet kits in Lahore on November 3, despite the government’s claims that there has not been a single ‘verifiable’ death because of dengue across Punjab, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Muhammad Rafique was admitted to Omar Hospital and was diagnosed with dengue on November 1. His relatives could not arrange more than one kit for platelet transfusion which ultimately resulted in his death owing to the Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) – the most
LAHORE: Liu had had little idea of viral diseases, let alone dengue, in his entire life. Being a civil engineer from the Sichuan University, China, working on a Punjab government project in Lahore, it was the last thing he should be bothered about.
As an employee of the state-owned China Construction Company, completion of the Lahore Technology Park had mainly occupied his mind throughout his three years in the city. It was almost ten days ago that he heard of the deadly dengue
ISLAMABAD: With five thousand cases of dengue fever confirmed so far and no let up in sight to its fast spread across the country, health authorities seem to be totally helpless in controlling the fatal disease.
“The Health Ministry and its attached departments have failed to prevent the outbreak of the deadly dengue fever and as a result, dozens of people are falling victim to this fatal disease in different parts of the country with every passing day,” said an official at the
LAHORE: During the last 24 hours, 142 cases of dengue virus in Lahore and 14 in the city suburbs have been reported, which are being treated in various government hospitals figures issued by the Punjab Health Department said on Sunday.
The figures continued to claim that around 1,599 patients have recovered from the dengue virus and been discharged from government hospitals, while 157 dengue patients are still being treated. One patient was reported to have expired of the disease
LAHORE: Private hospitals and laboratories continue to cash in on the dengue epidemic as the dengue fear grips the city, while an increasing number of patients pour in.
A survey of major private hospitals and laboratories reveals that extremely high prices are being charged for the diagnosis and treatment of dengue and huge profits were being made out of a facility that was available free-of-cost in government hospitals.
The survey included National Hospital Defence,
LAHORE: The rapid screening method being used in a majority of public sector hospitals to detect dengue virus is not recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as 40 percent of the screening results are false, senior doctors told Pakistan Today on Friday.
They said that the mostly available diagnostic tool of screening through kits for the detection of dengue virus was not a quantitative method, as a significant number of test results were “false positive” or “false
ISLAMABAD: At least 24 people have died of dengue virus across the country, while the disease has been confirmed in 3,395 patients so far.
According to statistics released by the National Health Department on Friday, four people died of dengue fever and 430 dengue patients were diagnosed with the virus in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Sindh is the most-affected province where sixteen people have been killed and 1,810 affected by the virus. At least two out of 1,000 dengue
As many as 89 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Lahore alone, while at least 10 have been reported in the rest of the province during the last 24 hours, according to a report issued by the Punjab Health Department on Wednesday.
According to the report, 12 new cases of dengue fever have been reported in the Services Hospital, eight in the Institute of Public Health, 13 in Ghurki Trust Hospital, 14 in private hospitals, one in Lahore General Hospital, 35 in
Despite the government’s tall claims of having the virus under control, the number of patients dying from the virus, and those infected and fighting for their life, tells a different story.
The death toll on dengue patients across the country has already climbed to 21 and nearly 3,000 have been infected across the country so far. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has tested as many as 2,936 people positive for dengue, according to figures released by