Doctors and paramedical staff continued their strike

ISLAMABAD: The doctors and paramedical staff at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad, continued their strike for the fifth consecutive day on Friday.

There was no relief for the patients who came hoping for treatment as the hospital’s emergency ward, out-patient department and several operation theatres remained closed.

More than 500 operations have been postponed in the past five days.

The medical and paramedical staff demand that PIMS, which is the constituent hospital of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, should be separated from the university.

One of the protesters remarked that the “PIMS treats thousands for patients for free. However, it’s dependence on the university will give university administration the right to decide who will be given treatment.”

Another protester shared that the university wants to minimise its staff and keep least number of people around. Many will lose their jobs as a result of this, he added.

“We have approached the government over the issue and protested. No idea what they have been doing,” a protester said.

27 people infected with dengue virus during the first week of October

KARACHI: At least 27 people have been infected with dengue virus during the first week of October in the metropolis, it emerged on Thursday.

According to In-charge anti-dengue cell Dr Abdul Rasheed, in the said duration, at least two people died of the disease.

Following which, the number of those who succumbed to dengue this year rose to nine, he informed.

Around 1,300 people affected from the virus went to hospitals, said the in-charge dengue cell in Karachi, adding that children and women are also among those affected.

The most severe dengue outbreak has been reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Peshawar, where 40 people succumbed to the deadly disease this year.

Moreover, 1,114 people from different districts of KP had their blood tested. Out of them, 249 were found out to be affected with dengue virus.

Not only Dengue, it emerged in September that Chikungunya too has turned into a bigger threat in Karachi, as only in one month alone, 67 people fell victim to the disease.

According to Director Health Karachi Dr Shakoor Abbasi, people should use precautions to prevent dengue or limit any possibility of growth of mosquitoes.

People should keep underground and overhead water tanks clean.

Netting is also a viable option to keep the dengue causing mosquito away and water lying on roads should also be cleared immediately.

Last but not the least, mosquito repellants also come in handy, he instructed.