Rawalpindi - The toll of patients affected from deadly dengue virus in Rawalpindi yesterday reached 2,500 in Rawalpindi as another 70 patients were admitted in various hospitals. Due to the rising number of patients, beds and paramedical staff have fallen short. Patients admitted in hospitals include a large number of children and women. Doctors, on the other hand, have directed the patients to refrain from coming to hospital as the staff is on leave due to Muharram vacations.

At least three people have lost their lives due to mosquito-borne viral disease in the past 24 hours in Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, six individuals have died in Karachi as a result of the disease whereas in 11 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, number of dengue patients has escalated to 1,339.

In Rawalpindi, the district administration has strictly directed people to take precautionary measures to restrict further number of patients.

Anti-dengue campaign was also launched in Punjab but no significant results were taken. Keeping in view the current dengue outbreak, ministers have geared up and have started preparing further strategies in this regard.

The people have been advised to use mosquito nets and insect repellents and to avoid storing water in open pots where the larvae can breed.