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Influenza claims 14 lives as it sweeps across Multan

02:24 PM | 5 Jan, 2018
Influenza claims 14 lives as it sweeps across Multan
MULTAN - An outbreak of seasonal influenza has taken 14 lives so far in Multan city of Punjab with concerned quarters struggling to contain the epidemic.

Nishtar Hospital's focal person for infectious diseases, Dr Irfan Arshad said that 35-year-old Zakiya hailing from Muzaffargarh was a suspected seasonal influenza patient who breathed her last at ICU on Wednesday evening adding that she was the third patient who belonged to Muzaffargarh and died at Nishtar.

"Fazlan Bibi and Azeem were also from the same city," he informed.

On the other hand, Punjab Health Department spokesperson in Multan Dr Attaur Rehman claimed that the deceased were already suffering from another disease besides Influenza.

Furthermore, eight more patients suspected of having contracted the virus were hospitalised in the last 24 hours including three doctors from Nishtar Hospital Multan.

To curtail the virus, a team of specialist doctors arrived in the city earlier this week, and is deployed at Nishtar Hospital while a massive influenza vaccination drive has also been launched.

Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has already taken notice of the epidemic directing the relevant authorities to take all possible measures for its prevention. He also advised them to organise awareness campaign regarding the illness.

Seasonal influenza spreads through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person's coughing and sneezing. Pregnant women, senior citizens, and children are most vulnerable to the disease.

The writer is a civil servant.


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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