Dengue cases have surpassed the previous record in Pakistan amid improved surveillance and monitoring claims made by the officials.
According to official figures, at least 47 people have died and over 30,000 have had the virus so far in 2019. However, the disease is not as deadly as it was back in 2011 when 370 people died.
There is 30,098 number of confirmed dengue cases that have been reported in Pakistan this year. From Islamabad, Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh 8,245, 2,776, 6,629, 5,229, and 5,190 cases have been reported. The rest are from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and tribal areas.
The number of people who have died due to dengue from Islamabad, Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, and AJK is 17, 16, 10, 3, and 1 respectively.
Chief of Disease Surveillance Division at the National Institute of Health Dr. Rana Safdar said, “This time round there is unprecedented response in the history [of the country] to any outbreak. For the first time, the Emergency Operation Centre [EOC] has been activated at the National Institute of Health for the dengue outbreak. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza daily chairs a meeting at 8.30 am to oversee the evolving situation.”
Adding, “Our statistics are much better compared to other countries but our task is not over. Based on our recent experience, we will develop a comprehensive multi-sectoral national action plan coordinating with provinces to defeat dengue in the next few years.”