Dengue kit stock exhausted in govt hospitals


KARACHI: Program Manager, Dengue Prevention & Control Program, Sindh, Dr Masood Ahmed Solangi on Monday said separate dengue wards are being established in public hospitals across the Karachi while dengue surveillance activities also increased in Sindh province to control dengue.

Dr Solangi while talking to media said program management has launched comprehensive awareness drive throughout the city and interiors parts of province to control further prevalence of dengue.

He informed that stock of dengue test kits had almost ended in hospitals due to increase in dengue patients in hospitals. He said a request has been sent to health department for provision of more kits and hoped that supply of kits will be resumed within a few days.

He said secretary health in resent meeting held to review the overall dengue situation in the city has directed the all medical superintendents of public hospitals to purchase dengue kits from local purchase funds till resumption of supply.

He informed that at least 229 more dengue fever cases have been reported across the Sindh province in a week, out of which 221 were detected from Karachi city. He said a total 2487 dengue fever cases were reported from Sindh province from 1st January 2015 to till time, out of which 2424 were detected from Karachi city alone. He said six people also died from dengue fever in the city this year so far.

He said peak season of dengue fever is continued in the city; therefore, citizens must adopt precautionary measures to prevent from dengue. He informed that public awareness about dengue fever has launched throughout the province, especially in Karachi.

He said dengue cases are also reporting from other big cities of Pakistan including Lahore, Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Peshawar. He stressed the need of coordinated efforts to control and eliminate dengue mosquito.

He said unfortunately high-ups of Karachi Municipal Corporation could not start fumigation drive in the city due to unknown reasons despite several assurances to health department. He said fumigation drive will help to control dengue spread.

He advised the citizens to keep their food items, and water properly covered at homes or workplaces. He said stagnant water must not be allowed to accumulate in any part of the city, and the citizens should adopt preventative measures to protect themselves from dengue fever.