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.


Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 21 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 21, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro moved up to 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.80
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739 747.8
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.53 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.65 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72


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