Authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) designated five districts as high-risk areas on Tuesday in response to an increase in dengue fever cases. Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, and Battagram are among the districts that are affected; there have been an increasing number of dengue cases reported in these areas.
KP has experienced 165 confirmed dengue cases, according to the provincial health department, with Peshawar leading the way with 38 cases, followed by Mardan with 32, Swabi with 19, Charsadda with 14, and Battagram with 12 cases.
Within the province, this outbreak has affected 20 districts, with recent cases appearing in Bannu, Hangu, Lakki Marwat, Khyber, Torghar, and Haripur.
Additional deputy commissioner for relief and dengue focal point Mohammad Imran Khan presided over a meeting on Tuesday to address the growing crisis. The forum, which was attended by district health officers, line department representatives, and entomologists, sought to develop a comprehensive plan for dengue prevention and control.
The importance of coordinating efforts between various departments, holding widespread awareness campaigns in schools, and carrying out stringent measures to eradicate dengue mosquito larvae in high-risk areas were all stressed during the meeting. In order to ensure an efficient response to dengue cases, it also urged additional assistant commissioners to participate in field activities and communicate with medical entomologists.