KARACHI - Dengue fever has struck again in the metropolis as hundreds of cases are not only reported at hospitals but also in clinics, while the confirmation of four deaths due to dengue fever during the last two months have exposed the tall claims of Sindh Health Department about containing the disease. Some government hospitals of the City are facing scarcity of platelets, extensively being used in the treatment of the dengue patients, despite the fact that Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed has claimed that 3 cells separators, ELISA diagnostic kits and mega unit bags worth Rs20 million were being provided to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital and Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Hospital Sukkur, The Nation has learnt. Sources in the hospitals said that Dengue Fever Monitoring Cell, Sindh Health Department, was not issuing correct figures of patients affected with dengue fever or Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever to media. They said, As per statistics prepared by the dengue cell one week ago, around 174 patients suspected with the disease have been reported during the ongoing year out of which 98 cases were confirmed with the fever. But the fact is that more than 500 patients with the symptoms of the diseases have been reported in the ongoing year, while out of which around 160 patients found confirmed with diseases. On the other hand, dozens of cases are not reported owing to some reasons. It is worth mentioning that the provincial health minister had set up a dengue cell on August 26, 2009, but during the last 10 days the cell has failed to provide any information to media regarding the current status of the dengue outbreak in the megalopolis. It is also to be noted here that the health minister has directed all the Executive District Officers (Health) and Medical Superintendents of public sector hospitals to start provision of diagnostic and treatment of dengue patients, free of cost at every major hospital of Sindh. He also claimed that health department was more prepared to combat any dengue outbreak as compared to last year. But the situation is entirely different, as the department has failed even to properly activate dengue cell.