Dengue fever’s grip on Punjab intensifies as 155 new cases were reported on Monday, according to the Health Department’s latest update. This surge brings the yearly tally to 4,586 cases across the province’s 36 districts, prompting heightened alarm among medical professionals.
Lahore continues to be the epicenter, with an alarming count of 1,804 cases. Rawalpindi follows closely with a count of 1,236 cases, then Multan at 545, Faisalabad with 218, and Gujranwala rounding off the top five with 187 cases. Just yesterday, Lahore saw a surge of 34 new cases, Rawalpindi had 60, Multan 13, Faisalabad 7, and Gujranwala 5. Additionally, Narowal, Dera Ghazi Khan, Chiniot, and Lodharan reported one case each.
Of the affected individuals, 126 are currently admitted across various hospitals in Punjab. Lahore’s hospitals are caring for 40 of them.
Ali Jaan Khan, the Punjab Health Secretary, reemphasized the importance of public cooperation in these trying times. “Keeping our surroundings clean and dry is essential. Dengue’s rapid spread can only be controlled if every citizen takes responsibility,” Khan remarked.
The health department, in response to the outbreak, is working round the clock to contain the situation. The dedicated workers are not only treating the affected but are also focused on preventive measures.
To facilitate the residents of Punjab, a toll-free helpline, 1033, has been set up by the health department. This helpline caters to queries, treatment details, and grievance lodging related to the dengue outbreak.
With dengue numbers rising, the province remains on high alert. Immediate preventive actions and public awareness are seen as critical tools to curb the further spread of the virus.