Death toll reaches 50 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa due to dengue

PESHAWAR: Dengue hemorrhagic fever is causing scare among the staff of Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) as two more patients, including a ward boy of the hospital, died of the disease on Sunday.

So far 50 dengue-affected people, including 42 at KTH, have died of the ailment since June when the disease broke out. Latest victims are Altaf Khan, 55, a resident of Pawaka, and Zahir Shah, 35, of Abdara village, said a statement issued by the Dengue Response Unit. It said that 350 patients tested positive of the total 1,370 and of the 112 were admitted.

Altaf Khan, a ward boy at KTH is the third employee to have fallen victim to the vector-borne ailment in the past two months. Over half a dozen employees, including doctors, nurses, paramedics and class-IV staff, have contracted the disease so far. Another ward boy is still admitted at the hospital which has recorded about 40 deaths so far. The hospital is responsible for the 90 percent dengue-related admissions.

KTH has allocated 48-bed ENT-B ward, 43-bed Eye ‘A’ ward and 20 beds each at the skin and psychiatry wards to cope with the patients’ load, but the inflow of infected and suspected patients isn’t receding.

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