Tuesday, February 7

First death from dengue fever happens in Karachi

KARACHI:This year’s first death from dengue fever occurred at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) last night, where an 80-year-old woman succumbed to the deadly virus.

An elderly woman, Akraman Mai, resident of Surjani Town, Karachi, was admitted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre few days ago where she was diagnosed with dengue fever. The woman died due to dengue fever during treatment.

Executive Director, JPMC, DrSeeminJamali said an elderly woman was suffering from multiple diseases, including dengue, and died from dengue and its related complication in healthcare centre.

Program Manager, Prevention and Control Program of Dengue Sindh, Dr Abdul Rasheed Sheikh, when contacted, said death from dengue was not confirmed yet as program management had not received report from JPMC administration so far.

“In 2017, a total of 12 people, including eight male and four female, died of dengue fever in Karachi out of which five were from dengue and seven other from multiple diseases including dengue,” he added.

More dengue cases surfaces in Karachi

As many as 10 more dengue fever cases were detected across Karachi in a week, taking the reported cases toll to 216 in the city since 1st January 2018.

According to the weekly report issued by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, at least 10 new dengue fever cases surfaced across the city in a week.  No case was reported from other parts of Sindh province.

A total of 229 dengue cases have been reported throughout Sindh province out of them 216 in Karachi and 13 from rest of province.