SWAT - Threat of dengue, once again, looms large in Swat Valley, as the number of registered patients has crossed the figure of 15.
On Friday, two fresh cases have been reported positive for dengue in the valley while collectively the number of dengue patients detected in the district during the current season crossed the figure of 15.
Medical Superintendent Dr Khurshid Ahmed of the Saidu Sharif Group of Teaching Hospital Swat said that Jan Mohammad, 23, and Iftikhar Hussain, 33, have been found suffering from dengue while 15 dengue-affected patients are already receiving medical treatment in the dengue ward of the hospital. He said both patients are residents of Amankot area, Mingora.
Sources said that most patients belong to Amankot area of Mingora. The district administration did not bother to conduct fumigation in the area and take steps for creating awareness among its people.
When contacted, Assistant Commissioner Swat Ashfaq Khan said that district administration launched massive campaign against dengue and in this regard he along with his team completed survey of more than 100,000 homes in different areas of the valley and eliminate dengue larwas.
Dengue larwa was mostly found in Rang Mohalla, Shahdara, Malookabad and Tahirabad Bunr areas of tehsil Babuzai of district Swat. "We also launch sessions in different areas of Mingora city to create awareness among locals of Swat against the deadly virus," he added.
He expressed that due to the hard work of district administration, dengue patients have decreased considerably in the area.