SWAT: The total number of patients suffering from dengue fever in Swat has reached 950 on Monday. "At least 400 patients are receiving medical treatment at their homes while 150 patients have been discharged from the hospital after gaining recovery from the deadly virus," said Dispenser Dengue Ward Ejaz.
He said that 300 more patients were admitted to private hospitals. The number of dengue patients was increasing day by day which seems that the deadly virus is spreading like a fire and going out of the local administration's control as the medical wards of Saidu Teaching Hospital was full of dengue patients. The special directives of Secretary Health Dr fakhr-e-Alam patients were admitted to common wards as well.
Dr Inam, Focal Person of Dengue Cell, said that more than 270 patients had been admitted to the Saidu Sharif Hospital, which is under treatment and some patients were receiving treatment at their homes.
Majority of the patients hailing from Mingora, including Watkey Kas Road, Nawa Kallay, Malookabad, Rang Mohallah, Dakkhana Road, Gumbat Meira, Makan Bagh and Amankot areas. Sources revealed that private laboratories were fleecing the locals as they are charging Rs1, 000 for a single test. "We belong to poor family and my son has tested positive for dengue fever and it is very difficult for me to arrange 1,000 rupees for the test," said Saqib Zada of Mingora.–Haroon Siraj