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Pak PM to chair special meeting on dengue

india Updated: Oct 20, 2006 15:56 IST

Twenty-three deaths have been reported due to dengue and nearly 200 people afflicted with the disease are being treated in different hospitals in Karachi and some other parts of the country.

"We have had 20 deaths in Karachi, two in Hyderabad and one in Umerkot while around 200 patients are under treatment in different hospitals after testing positive for dengue fever," Abdul Majid, additional secretary health said.

"The problem with this fever is that its symptoms are very similar to malaria and flu and it is difficult to detect. The confirmation that it is dengue fever can only be made after special tests. So it is very important for patients to report to doctors on time and get tested," Majid said.

Meanwhile, concerned over the outbreak of the disease, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has called a special meeting to review the situation.

The prime minister had asked for a complete briefing on the situation after 23 deaths were reported due to the mosquito-borne disease, which has created considerable panic among the people.

The government has given out quarter-page advertisements asking the people not to panic and remain calm as dengue is not contagious and does not transmit from person to person.

The announcements also carry a number of warnings and precautionary measures about how best to avoid the fever.

Majid said the government had notified all state-owned and private hospitals to set up special wards for the dengue fever patients and to ensure complete availability of blood and testing kits.