There is a shortage of beds in hospitals in Pakistan as dengue cases rise across the country


ISLAMABAD: Amid the COVID-19 health crisis, dengue has emerged as another major concern for Pakistan, with hospitals in Punjab province, especially in Lahore, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, with patients with the mosquito-borne viral infection It has snowed. Local media reported on Sunday that the hospital administration refused to accept more patients.

According to the report of The News International, in hospitals in Punjab, dengue victims have been allotted beds for corona patients.

Meanwhile, a massive anti-dengue campaign has been launched in Islamabad in response to the high level of alarming dengue cases.

In the last 24 hours, Islamabad reported 98 new dengue cases, according to the District Health Officer, of which 73 were found in rural areas and 25 in urban areas, The News International reported. With the new cases, the total number of patients rose to 1,030.

The Pakistani publication reported that in rural areas, 698 people have been infected with the dengue virus, while 332 cases have been reported in urban areas.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government declared a medical emergency at public health facilities in Lahore due to the rising number of dengue cases.

Citing the latest figures, The News International reported that 299 cases of dengue have been reported in the province in the last 24 hours, the publication said, adding that data shows that dengue cases in Punjab have reached 3,475 since January 2021 , Lahore accounts for 2,708. .

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has reported 304 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the number of patients to 2,456, of whom 247 are being treated in hospitals.

During the last 24 hours, 93 people were diagnosed with dengue in Peshawar, taking the total number in the provincial capital to 666. Meanwhile, 27 new cases were reported in Mardan, eight in Swabi, 134 in Haripur.

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