MARDAN - The number of confirmed dengue fever cases has increased in the district as 14 patients have been admitted to the Mardan Medical Complex (MMC), an official told The Nation. Dr Ameer Khan, in-charge of dengue ward in MMC, said that among the admitted patients, five were discharged after the treatment.

Meanwhile, residents belonging to different parts of the city threatened, if the local administration failed to make immediate and proper arrangements of insects' killing medicine spry in Sheikh Maltoon Town and other posh areas of the city from where the cases of dengue fever reported, they will register cases against Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Mardan.

They said that two cases of dengue were reported in the Sheikh Maltoon Town posh area of the city, some from Sher Gahr, Toat killy and Jamal Gahri. They said that dengue mosquitoes are found in Sheikh Maltoon Town and other areas and several cases were reported from district.  They said that district administration has limited to meetings and no paper arrangements have been made to control the deadly disease. They accused Tehsil Municipal Authority (TMA) high-ups of failing to keep the city clean and neat.

They said there are heaps of garbage in different parts of the city. They demanded the local administration to immediately launch a massive anti-dengue campaign in rural and urban areas and also lunch awareness campaign. They also demanded that local administration should arrange dengue fever awareness walks in the district because majority of the people did not know about the disease.

Seven more dengue patients were brought to various hospitals of Punjab, taking the number of confirmed cases to 83. Out of seven new cases, five were reported from the Lahore Mayo Hospital and one each from Services Hospital and Multan DHQ Hospital. The situation in Sindh is no different. People have been making a litany of complaints about inadequate measures to cope with the challenge, but authorities have been dragging their feet over the matter.