13 killed as dengue fever grips NW Pakistan

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/1 18:53:57

A 45-year-old woman died of dengue fever at a hospital in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ( KPK ) province on Friday, bringing the death toll to 13 over the last two months, local Urdu media reported.

About 4,200 people have been infected by the mosquito- borne virus in the province with majority of the cases being treated in provincial capital of Peshawar, Dunya News reported.

Over 3,500 infected people were discharged after initial treatment from the hospital, the province's health department said.

The provincial government is trying to control the disease and has arranged free of cost diagnosis and treatment centers in all government hospitals of the province.

Apart from this, the provincial government has launched a door-to-door campaign in Peshawar to raise awareness about the disease.

Health experts from the country's east Punjab province visited Peshawar to give advice to the healthcare departments in KPK to curb the disease.

Doctors from Punjab also visited the hospitals to update the knowledge of their counterparts in KPK about management of the infected patients.

Punjab successfully combated the catastrophic viral disease in 2014 after seeking advice from Sri Lankan experts.

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