Dengue toll reaches 125 in Rawalpindi



Dengue fever cases have witnessed a sharp rise in Rawalpindi especially in the cantonment area with a total of 125 people tested positive in recent days.

District Health Authority focal person Dr Zeeshan said on Wednesday that the number of dengue patients has reached an alarming figure especially in the cantonment area.

Talking to the media, he said that the number of dengue positive patients has reached 125 after the present weather provided a conducive environment for the breeding of dengue larvae. “The number is continuously increasing with each passing day and the district government and the health authority are on the alert to control the situation,” he said.

Dr Zeeshan said that most cases were being reported from cantonment areas from where 45 dengue positive cases have been reported. He said that the health department was finding it hard to reach certain areas.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner has directed the officials to update the report on the dengue surveillance and send it to the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board Station for carrying out further surveillance in inaccessible areas.

Dr Zeeshan said that a full-scale fumigation drive was underway in different localities especially in those areas where the dengue larva had reared its ugly head.

He advised residents to take precautionary measures and DID not panic as, according to him, dengue fever was curable with timely and proper treatment. “The dengue cases will sharply decline as the weather is changing,” he said. APP