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Pneumonia death toll reaches 220 in Punjab 

12:08 PM | 26 Jan, 2024
Pneumonia death toll reaches 220 in Punjab 

LAHORE – The toll of pneumonia on children remains grim as reports indicate that 12 children lost their lives in the past 24 hours across Punjab, bringing the total number of deaths to 220 since January 1.

Official figures reveal that Punjab has witnessed 1,077 new pneumonia cases in the last 24 hours, with a significant portion of the affected children under the age of five.

Among the 12 reported deaths in the past day, three occurred in Gujranwala, two each in Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur, and one each in Lahore, Faisalabad, Sheikhupura, and others.

Similarly, Lahore reported 251 new pneumonia cases, contributing to a total of 1,821 cases since the beginning of the year.

Most of the affected minors were not vaccinated, according to Punjab’s caretaker Health Minister Prof Javed Akram, who attributed the surge in cases to extreme weather conditions and the low rate of breastfeeding among mothers.

Prof Akram highlighted the adverse impact of the cold, dry weather, smog, and fog on children’s health, particularly those with weakened immune systems. A study conducted at the Children’s Hospital revealed that 72 percent of children suffered from pneumonia due to viral infections.

The health minister emphasised the importance of vaccination and urged mothers to breastfeed their children in well-ventilated rooms to reduce the risk of pneumonia, cautioning against exposing children to gas heaters in enclosed spaces.

In South Punjab, public sector hospitals recorded 152 of the total 220 deaths since January 1, with 43 fatalities among children under five. Dr Shakeel Ghazi, head of pediatrics at Dera Ghazi Khan Medical College, said that most deceased children were unvaccinated, malnourished, and had weakened immune systems due to insufficient breastfeeding.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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