LAHORE -

Three more children lost their lives to measles in Lahore on Sunday, taking the death toll till today to 81. So far 133 children have died of measles in the province.

Ali, 1, breathed his last at Services Hospital, Ayan, 2, at Mayo Hospital while Tayyab, seven months, died at Children’s Hospital.

As many as 78 measles patients were admitted to various public sector hospitals in Lahore. Out of 78 new cases 20 were reported from Mayo Hospital, 15 from Children’s Hospital and 43 from other government hospitals in the City.

Kidney patients multiplying in hospitals: The number of kidney patients has increased manifold in the federal capital due to lack of awareness and delay in proper medication.

According to data available with Online, a total of 7549 kidney patients received dialysis in 2011 from one of the major hospitals of the federal capital Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). Importantly this number has increased this year to over 8000 patients, most of them continuously receiving dialysis.

During an exclusive interview with this agency Head of the Nephrology Department PIMS Dr. Ghias-ud-Din Butt said early management of the disease could secure the patients from dialysis process.

He said diabetes is the main cause behind kidney diseases and it has contributed a lot in increase of the patients. Besides, high blood pressure, Malaria, yellow fever, over consumption of medicines and physical injury are also the important contributors in spread of the kidney disorder.

Dr Butt stated individuals with the age of 25 to 50 years are more vulnerable to get kidney disease.

Meanwhile, he informed that feeling tired; blood and protein in urine, shortness of breath and water retention are basic symptoms of the disease. He further said if anyone has received such symptoms, he/she should contact with a professional Nephrologists immediately.

Dengue drive in Rawalpindi

Dengue campaign have been launched in the city to aware the public about the preventive measures for the fever. City District Government Rawalpindi (CDGR) said people could call helpline 0800-99000 to get assistance about dengue.

An official told APP, prevention of the disease is priority of the government and the city administration is working day and night to avoid a possible outbreak of the infection.

All out efforts are being made to control dengue cases in the city. Dengue fever is under control in Rawalpindi region, he claimed. In a move, all old tyres were confiscated from the limits of Rawal Town and Potohar Town, to eliminate threat of dengue outbreak in the city.

He said that maximum arrangements for the treatment of dengue fever patients were made in the city hospitals.