Karachi -  Dengue reported to have killed another three people, taking tally to 21 on Tuesday in Sindh. More than 3,540 cases have been reported since January. Karachi is the worst affected area of the province.

According to the Dengue Surveillance Cell, five-year-old boy from Karachi died on October 29 while 20-year-old woman died in Hyderabad on October 28 and a 67-year-old woman from Nazimabad of Karachi lost her life to dengue on October 27.

Lahore reporter added: Forty-two more people were tested dengue positive, taking the number of confirmed cases in the province to 805. Out of 42 new cases, 28 were reported from Rawalpindi and 14 from various hospitals in Lahore.

Punjab Health Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu told media the government constituted a board of senior doctors to ascertain the real cause of death of two patients reportedly died of dengue.

He said that services of 1,000 lady health workers were placed at the disposal of anti-dengue programme to make the campaign more active.

Sandhu said that 803 suspected dengue patients have been reported since January in Punjab out of which dengue tests of only 79 patients have been positive. He further told it has been decided in the meeting of Cabinet Committee that special teams, comprising public representatives and imams of mosques, would go door to door to create awareness among masses regarding protection against dengue.

Rana Mashhood Ahmad said that number of dengue patients in Karachi and KPK has increased due to heavy rains and change in weather which has also affected Punjab, especially those brought from Swat to Rawalpindi. He said that dengue situation was under control due to steps of the Punjab government.  He said that the Punjab government was utilising all available resources for complete eradication of dengue from the province.

He appealed the masses to keep their homes clean and act upon the advice of experts for saving their families from dengue.

Secretary Information and Culture Momin Agha, Public Relations Punjab Director General Amjad Hussain, Additional Secretary Health (Technical) Dr Anwar Janjua and Director General Health Services Punjab Dr Zafar Ikram were also present.

Meanwhile, Dengue Control and Surveillance Cell Islamabad Incharge Dr Najeeb Durrani said that 43 dengue patients were admitted in the city hospitals.

In a press release issued here, he said 28 patients are in PIMS hospital, three in Federal Government Services Hospital (Poly Clinic), six in Capital Hospital, four in Shifa International and two in KRL, hospital. He urged the citizens to take necessary preventive measures and keep their houses and surroundings clean and free from germs. Water canes and water tanks should be kept tightly covered with lids.

He told that public awareness drive against dengue is going on successfully in the rural areas and the lady health workers have conducted visits of 15,019 houses.