18 patients died due to dengue virus so far in Khyber Pakthunkhwa: Health Minister

Thursday 07 2017 2 months ago 51   Peshawar   Print

Provincial Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai addressing press conference

Report  Web Desk : PESHAWAR: Provincial Minister for Health, Shahram Khan Tarakai said here Thursday that 18 patients died due to dengue virus so far in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and 450 patients were still admitted in different hospitals of the province whereas 3500 patients were fully recovered. Addressing a press-conference here, the Minister said dengue epidemic has been significantly controlled due to an effective measures taken by KP government. The Public Health Ordinance has been approved in province for the first time in the country’s history under which Public Committee was analyzing and working on a comprehensive mechanism of controlling dengue virus besides others infectious and viral diseases. Directives have been issued to all BHUs (Basic health units) of KP to adopt precautionary measures for control of dengue and others viral diseases. The cooperation of masses was imperative for control of dengue epidemic, he said, adding special teams have been constituted by the KP health department that was busy in fumigation and anti dengue spray besides disposal of dengue larwa if found. Open water tanks in 75,000 houses have been covered in the affected areas of Tehkal, Peshtakra and others areas, he said. Additional doctors, medical experts and paramedics were recruited for effective control of dengue diseases and directives were issued for countering dengue virus in other districts of KP besides Peshawar. He lauded the assistance provided by the Punjab Government for providing treatment to dengue patients in Peshawar.