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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Pakistan : Dengue in full bloom

Via The Nation :

" The people in Pakistan, especially in Punjab, are living under the shadow of constant fear of dengue virus, which has affected more than 8,000 people with 40 deaths so far. The people in hospitals are seen carrying blood samples in utter confusion and fear. After Lahore, the dengue danger is creeping towards other cities of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Overcrowding of dengue patients in hospitals is resulting in the denial of admission to patients of other diseases.

In many hospitals, old patients suffering from other diseases are being discharged forcibly to accommodate the dengue patients. Punjab was not prepared for such an epidemic-like disease to strike. Civic bodies at all levels used to effectively fight any viral epidemic with periodic sprays of insecticides and monsoon used to be a special focus for them. But for decades the arrangement has not been in place."

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