RAWALPINDI: At least 97 new dengue cases were confirmed by health officials in Rawalpindi during the last 24 hours.
The patients have been admitted to the allied hospitals in Rawalpindi. According to hospital sources, the dengue virus has been confirmed in 697 patients so far this year while six persons have expired since January.
Meanwhile, a meeting was held on Thursday to review and take necessary action to prevent further spread of dengue virus.
Rawalpindi Commissioner Zahid Saeed chaired the meeting and monitored the performance of various departments for the eradication of dengue.
District Coordination Officer Sajid Zafar Dal, Health Additional Director Dr Syed Islam Zafar, ADCG Imran Qureshi and others attended the meeting. The commissioner directed officials concerned to speed up anti-dengue activities and warned that no laxity would be tolerated.
He said dengue can only be eliminated with coordinated and combined efforts as it is the common enemy. Therefore, every individual and government department should discharge their responsibilities for the elimination of dengue with devotion and diligence.
He said anti-dengue activities should be further strengthened and coordinated by specially focusing on union councils from where dengue cases are being reported. He directed the officials concerned to complete fumigation drive in high-risk areas of the city.