Dengue claimed 29 lives, 5,500 dengue cases have so far been confirmed

Dengue virus is still on the rise in Punjab and the number of patients is constantly increasing in the hospitals. Seven patients lost their lives on Thursday while 5,500 Dengue cases have been confirmed in Punjab only. Out of 29 people who died of Dengue in Punjab, 25 were from Lahore, Geo News reported Friday.

People who get fever are afraid of getting Dengue and are queuing in the hospitals for blood screening. Emergency has been declared in the hospitals but the problem seems uncontrollable by the management due to limited resources government hospitals and that is why patients are bound to go to private hospitals where they are over-charged.

Third round of fumigation to control mosquito breeding is continuing whereas many people complained that the teams did not reach to several areas for spraying.

Experts were called from Sri Lanka who met Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. The experts were of the view that there is no short cut to deal with the epidemic but a long-term strategy is the need of time and only then Dengue virus can be controlled.

Shahbaz Sharif said that awareness campaigns have been launched to curb Dengue virus, however, public cooperation is crucial in this regard.

Dengue symptoms include lowered blood platelets accompanied by high fever, body rash and vomiting.

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