KARACHI: On Thursday, Sindh health officials admitted that three more people have died in Karachi this month as a result of complications from dengue, taking the city’s total death toll to 30.
According to the official data of the city, 297 people have tested positive for dengue in the last 24 hours. As a result of daily deaths due to the vector-borne disease, experts from private sector hospitals estimate that the actual number of dengue deaths may be five times higher than the official estimate.
“Three more persons have died of dengue fever in different medical facilities in the last month, taking the total number of deaths in Karachi to 30. So far, no death from dengue fever has been reported in any other region of Sindh, the health department said. The official there gave this information on Thursday.
Health Minister of Sindh Dr. Azra Pechuho has also questioned the veracity of official figures on dengue infections and deaths. According to him, the health agency was not getting daily case data from several hospitals and labs, and no information was being received about persons dying at home of dengue complications.”
The data collection situation has improved since I warned earlier that all labs and hospitals would be sealed, preventing them from providing data to the health department, but many are still unwilling to cooperate. .
Officials from the health department and the Sindh Healthcare Commission are working to improve the data, he told reporters at a briefing at the University of Karachi. Regarding the newly detected cases of dengue, health officials said that 402 persons have tested positive across the state. The previous day was the mosquito-borne disease, but 297 more people did it in Karachi.