The WHO country office in Pakistan is providing technical support to the Government of Pakistan in its response to the epidemic of dengue fever. The current epidemic has caused to date 16 580 confirmed cases and 257 deaths in Lahore and nearly 5000 cases and 60 deaths reported from the rest of the country.
WHO provides technical support, guidelines and capacity-building for planning and implementation in all three areas of prevention and control of dengue fever: vector control, case management and community awareness. This support is being provided to all three provinces facing the epidemic, namely Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh.
WHO is fully committed to improving the health of the population of Pakistan. It will continue in its efforts to assist Pakistan’s dengue response by providing situation analysis, guidelines for quality-assured interventions and capacity-building for health planners and care providers at all levels and in all provinces in Pakistan.