Dengue fever in Pakistan flash floods

Dengue fever in Pakistan, flash floods

“I don’t want my enemies to get dengue fever,” Kiran Akif said on news of the dengue fever outbreak. at the beginning of this month recalls her illness from a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease in October of last year.


A 43-year-old private school administrator in Lahore spoke with concern as she thought the devastating dengue fever could spread in parts of Pakistan that are still flooded. Dengue fever in Pakistan flash floods


“The fact that thousands of displaced people in our country are sleeping under the open sky. near the stagnant large water It’s a scary thing,” said Agif.


The worst floods in a decade have displaced 33 million people in Pakistan since mid-June. More than 1,500 people were killed and more than 12,800 were injured, according to reports. National Disaster Management Agency.


The southern provinces of Sindh and Balochistan were the worst hit by the floods. The couple experienced the wettest August and received seven and eight times Normal monthly rainfall in order A The results of the study were released last week. It said climate change could cause a 50 percent increase in the most intense rainfall.

Calm water surrounds the railway in Sindh, one of the provinces hit hardest by flooding this year, on September 6, 2022 (Image: Akhtar Soomro/Alamy)

The stagnant water left behind large areas of standing water: in August 37% of Farmland in Sindh was flooded according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 16% of farmland was affected, 15% in Baluchistan; and 9% in Punjab.


This waterlogging is a large area for mosquitoes to breed. This has led to the spread of diseases such as malaria and dengue.


Naseem Salahuddin, infectious disease specialist, works at Sindhu HospitalA charity hospital in Karachi, the Sindh capital, said she was “overwhelmed” with “so many patients” coming to the hospital with dengue fever. “My colleagues in government facilities and even in private are sending patients away due to inadequate beds,” she said. “Dengue appears to be replacing Covid-19.”

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