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World Health Day Event Discusses Preventive Measures For Dengue Virus

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Dengue has emerged to be one of the most dangerous diseases across the world. About half of the global population is at risk of contracting it, which account for more than 17 percent of all the infectious diseases. At least one million deaths occur due to this mosquito-borne disease.
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One of the speakers at an awareness seminar on World Health Day said more than 2.5 billion people across the globe are at risk of catching this vector-borne disease.

The even was organized by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) and was held at its own Ojha Campus.

Assistant Professor Dr Kashif Shafique said each year malaria takes more than 600,000 lives across the world and children below the age of 5 years are the highest number of victims.

The theme of World Health Day this year is preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases. The seminar emphasized need of creating awareness and highlighted public health issues.

Chief guest of the event, Professor Illahi Bux Soomro, said preventive strategy is required for controlling the vector-borne disease.

Prof. Soomro is a former principal at the medical college.

Data of World Health Organization reveals more than 100 million dengue infections takes place every year across the world and about 2.5 percent of the affected die from it.

Dr Shafique added further that Pakistan has been suffering from it since 2010 and has so far caused more than 16,000 deaths due to the dengue virus.

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