KP govt orders free Dengue Fever tests at public sector hospitals

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai on Friday ordered provision of free tests facilities at all the public sector hospitals for diagnostic of Dengue Virus.
Health Minister Shahram Khan Tarakai called emergency meeting on Monday to chalk out strategy to control the Dengue virus outbreak in Peshawar. Secretary Health, Secretary Local Government, District Nazim Peshawar, DG Health, DHO Peshawar, Director Public Health and other officials are directed to attend the meeting.
Shahram Khan ordered provision of free tests facilities to diagnose Dengue Virus at all the public sector hospitals in KP.
Meanwhile, Health Department said that anti-dengue fumigation is being carried out in Tehkal area of Peshawar on daily basis.
The outbreak, also known as “break-bone fever”, has been aided by seasonal rains and humidity. While an exact number of affected is not available, most breeding grounds of the mosquito have been found in the congested areas of Tehkal Payan and Pishta-Khara Payan.
Since July, the Khyber Teaching Hospital has received over 3,000 suspected patients, of which 700 have tested positive. During the same period, five people have 11 died.

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