138 dengue patients were admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and three government hospitals in Rawalpindi, within the last 24 hours.
With the new arrival of 70 dengue patients, the total number of positive cases reported to Pims since Aug 1 reached 200.
Moreover, 68 dengue patients arrived in three government hospitals of Rawalpindi, raising the number of hospitalised dengue patients to 202. Officials said the condition of 16 of the patients was critical.
Pims’ media coordinator Dr Waseem Khawaja told local media that initially just a few confirmed cases were reported in the hospital but on Monday 70 cases were reported positive.
“It shows that the number of cases may further increase in coming days. We have established isolation wards for the patients,” he said.
Deputy Commissioner Ali Randhawa appointed three additional DCs to monitor the anti-dengue drive in Rawal Town, Potohar Town and cantonment areas.
All teams have been equipped with necessary kits, sprays and medicine. The teams will work from 8am to 4pm daily and submit reports to their incharges. The incharges would further submit reports of their respective additional deputy commissioners at 7pm on a regular basis.
To meet the shortage of staff, the district administration has requested the provincial government to allow it to recruit 500 people and hire 100 fogging machines.
When contacted, the deputy commissioner said the administration was working day and night to control the dengue virus and due to its efforts the number of cases had reduced.
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