The spread of dengue fever cannot be controlled so far in the town despite a number of steps being taken by the city district government and district allied departments.
Data collected by ‘The News’ has revealed that within last 48 hours, another seven patients have been tested positive for dengue fever here at the allied hospitals in town taking the total number of positive cases to 23.
Two of the three teaching hospitals in town namely Holy Family Hospital and Benazir Bhutto Hospital have been registering suspected patients of dengue fever. The two hospitals have received a total of 175 suspects of the infection of which 21 have been tested positive while 145 negative.
“The HFH received as many as 161 of the total suspects of dengue fever of which 21 have been confirmed for the infection,” said focal person for Infectious Diseases at Rawalpindi Medical College and allied hospitals Dr. Javed Hayat while talking to ‘The News’ on Saturday.
He added that 135 suspects were tested negative at the HFH while results in five cases are being awaited. “To date, the BBH received a total of 14 suspects of which two were tested positive, 10 negative while result in two cases is yet to be finalised,” said Dr. Javed.
To a query, he said at present five patients of the infection including three confirmed cases are undergoing treatment at the HFH while two suspects of the infection are admitted at the BBH. “The HFH has discharged a total of 18 confirmed patients after treatment while the two patients tested positive for the infection at the BBH have also been discharged after treatment.” He claimed that no patient belonging to town died of dengue fever or its complications so far.
It is important that only one confirmed patient of dengue fever who was tested positive in Karachi expired here at the HFH in July this year. The confirmed patient was put on ventilator but he could not survive and expired here at the HFH on July 1, as he was taken to the hospital with complications of the infection.