Peshawar-Dengue attacks have intensified in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including provincial capital Peshawar, Mardan and Khyber district, an official of the Health Department said here on Sunday.

Giving details, the health official confirmed that 350 new cases of dengue have been reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last 24 hours. He said after the arrival of new cases, the number of dengue cases has increased to 4538.

He also confirmed that Mardan reported the highest number of 60 new dengue cases and the total number of dengue cases in Mardan reached 1591. He said 9 cases of dengue have been reported in Nowshera, bringing the total to 424.

He said in Peshawar 163 new cases of dengue have been reported and the number of dengue virus cases has increased to 734 with 24 cases of dengue reported in Haripur, bringing the total to 318. Likewise 51 cases of dengue have been reported in Khyber, the number increased to 666, Health Department official said.

He said 23 cases of dengue have been reported in Lower Dir and the total number of dengue virus cases reached 238. The health official said that 24 more dengue patients are admitted in different hospitals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and currently, 91 patients are under treatment in different hospitals of the province. He said so far, the dengue mosquito has claimed 5 lives in the province.

Dengue wards setup in Mardan

The Health Department has set up isolation wards over 150 beds to deal with the alarming situation created after an increase in the dengue virus cases in district Mardan, a spokesman of the Health Department Mardan confirmed on Sunday.

He said the decision has been taken immediately after the increase of cases of dengue virus in Mardan. 

The spokesman disclosed that a total of 150 beds in various centres have been set up to deal with the situation after witnessing a sharp increase in the diagnosis of dengue.

He said two tehsils of Mardan district Takhtbhai and Babuzai are most affected by dengue and three dengue-specific wards with 20 beds have been established in Mardan Medical Complex including tehsil and district headquarters hospitals.

He said dengue isolation wards with 50 beds have been established in Khyber district as well. He said that these wards have been established in Type, Jamrud, Dogra and DHQ Landi Kotal.