Health dept fails to devise strategy to control dengue spread


KARACHI: Dengue Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) Sindh and Provincial Health Department authorities have failed devise any strategy to control spread of dengue mosquito in Karachi after monsoon rains, it was learned on Wednesday.

All the administrative affairs of Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh has almost been halted, as provincial health department has still not appointed new program manger on vacant post, which is lying vacant since a month.

The Provincial Manger Dengue Prevention and Control Program had retired from his post on 3rd July 2015 but health department authorities concerned has not appointed program manager on vacant post despite lapse one month.

Owing to lathery of provincial government, the Dengue Prevent and Control Program management has failed to launch larvacidal activity in Karachi, while fumigation was also not carried out in city eliminate dengue mosquito breeding points.

An administrative official of Dengue Prevention and Control Program said post of program manager is lying vacant since a month, while three deputy program managers, and assistant program manger were sent back to their original departments thus there are shortage of manpower in program.

He said monsoon season has started in Karachi and other parts of Sindh province. The dengue cases generally increase in rainy season.

Director Health Karachi and Acting Program Manager Dengue Prevention and Control Program Dr Zafar Ejaz said directives has been issued to concern officials to identify the dengue larva breeding points in the city as launch larvacidal activity can start as soon as possible.