Lahore dengue toll rises to 106

Islamabad, Sep 27: The toll due to dengue in Lahore has risen to 106 after five more people succumbed to the deadly vecctor-borne disease in the city Tuesday.

The Punjab provincial health department said more than 10,000 people have been affected by the disease, Online news agency reported.

State and private hospitals are packed with dengue patients. The provincial government has termed the virus a ‘social problem’ instead of a medical one. It said the virus could not be contained without public support.

The total number of dengue cases in the country has crossed 9,800, officials said.

A team from the World Health Organisation has reached Islamabad, and would suggest measures to control the epidemic, media reports said.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said more than 100 dispensaries will be set up to treat dengue patients for free throughout the year.