With the vast majority of dengue cases initially plaguing Punjab, almost half the districts in Sindh are also in the grip of the mosquito-borne fever now.
There have been 116 deaths and more than 10,000 infections in the city of Lahore alone.
Whereas, the latest figures released by Sindh’s provincial dengue surveillance cell showed that 567 patients suffering from dengue fever were admitted to various public and private hospitals in Karachi and 13 other districts.
As preventative measures, among shutting down educational institutions, students have also been instructed to wear full-sleeve shirts until the epidemic ceases. And health workers have fumigated parts of various cities in Pakistan.
Despite these precautions, the outbreak is rapidly increasing. Is the government’s response in preparing the country for the epidemic adequate?
More importantly, is the public responsibly observing precautionary measures?
Dawn.com invites its readers to give their views and suggestions.