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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pakistan : Dengue fever deaths rise to 12 in Karachi

Via The Statesman :

" KARACHI : The number of dengue induced deaths has risen to 12 in Karachi, Dr. Shakeel Mallick, In-Charge, Dengue Fever Surveillance Cell told APP on Monday.

He said the sudden increase in the number of deaths that till last weekend was six was because one of the city's prestigious hospital reported very late the six "dengue" deaths it had experienced between the months of April to September.

"They had the seventh death on Friday and this was communicated to the health department's surveillance along with previous six on Saturday only," he said.

Dr. Mallick regretted that many of the private sector hospitals, despite frequent reminders, do not cooperate with the cell as probably they preferred not to publicize deaths been registered by them on daily basis.

He agreed that some of the hospitals also lacked the culture of audit under which data must be compiled about patients admitted, their respective nature of ailments, recovery as well as mortality rates."

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