Pakistan: Dengue cases near 10K in Sindh province, Most recorded in September


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Monsoon floods since mid-June in Pakistan have led to another public health problem – an increase in dengue fever,

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In the province of Sindh in southern Pakistan, officials reported a total of 9,826 cases of dengue in 2022, including about three-quarters of the cases reported in September alone.

Of this total, 6,053 confirmed cases have been reported in Karachi. Karachi is also responsible for the vast majority of dengue deaths in Sindh (36 out of 39).

pakistan news source, dawnhealth expert reports said there was constant pressure on the city’s hospitals as there was no reduction in the number of dengue cases.

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We have seen a gradual increase in the number of dengue cases detected in the university’s central laboratory over the past four months. This trend is likely to pick up and peak by mid-October,” said Dr. Saeed Khan, professor of molecular pathology who heads the Indus Laboratory of Public Health at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS).

Pakistan has reported increases in dengue fever in recent years. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad, the cases reported in Pakistan in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 were 22,938, and more than 3,200, 24,547 and 3,442 respectively. By November 2021, 48,906 cases had been reported for that year. Between November 19, 2021 and December 10, 2021, 16,388 cases were reported. In a similar period in 2020, only 1,153 cases were reported. Almost every year or every year, Pakistan faces an epidemic of dengue fever with increasing severity and mortality despite all the efforts of the government. Without these efforts, the epidemic would be much worse.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), monsoon floods in Pakistan have destroyed and destroyed more than two million homes.

About 7.9 million people were reportedly displaced as a result of heavy rains and floods, including about 598,000 people living in relief camps.

About 13,000 people were infected, while 1,600 people died.

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