ISLAMABAD: A record number of dengue fever cases in the current season were reported in the capital along with one death on Friday.
District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia said the patient was admitted in Polyclinic and was resident of G-7.
In the last 24 hours, 174 cases were reported in the city, the DHO said, adding it was the highest number of cases since Oct 15 when 152 cases had emerged.
The DHO said 110 cases were reported from the rural areas and 64 from the urban areas. He said 47 patients were admitted in Federal General Hospital, 25 in Pims, 20 in Holy Family Hospital (HFH), three each in Polyclinic and Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), two in Capital Hospital and one in the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital. The remaining patients were admitted in private hospitals.
He said 39 cases were reported from Tarlai, 22 from Koral, 20 from Alipur, 11 from Tarnol, five from Sohan, four from Chirrah, three from Sihala, two each from Bhara Kahu, Rawat and one each from Jhangi Syedan and Kirpa.
The death toll from the dengue fever in the current season reached 10 - seven in rural areas and three in urban areas.
So far, 2,603 cases have been reported in Islamabad - 1,589 from rural and 1,014 from the urban areas.
During the last 24 hours, 345 houses indoor residual spray and 474 fogging activities were conducted in different areas to prevent the spread of the fever and eliminated the potential breeding sits of larva, Dr Zia said. Separate teams also found 596 potential breeding sites of larva and eliminated them.
The teams also visited 1,965 houses and found 682 containers and destroyed 133 of them.
As many as 95 dengue patients landed in three government hospitals in the garrison city which increased the tally to 1,964 while eight patients were in critical condition.
According to the District Health Authority, 56 of the new patients were admitted in the HFH, 23 in BBH and 16 in the DHQ hospital.
So far in the current season, 183 patients have been admitted in the three hospitals - 119 in the HFH, 12 in BBH and 52 in the DHQ hospital.
However, 1,861 patients have so far been discharged from the hospitals.
Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2021