Karachi needs fumigation to avert dengue
KARACHI: Programme Manager, Prevention and Control Program of Dengue (PCPD) Sindh, Dr Abdul Rasheed Sheikh, has urged civic authorities to launch anti-dengue and malaria fumigation campaign across the mega city to control possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases.
Sheikh told PPI: “Although the number of dengue cases has reduced in Sindh province this year as compared with 2017 due to efforts of dengue prevention programme, but PCDP has sent a written request to Mayor and Commissioner Karachi for launching fumigation in high-risk areas before the start of monsoon rains across the city.
He said all deputy commissioners should also be directed to hold district response meetings on regular basis to prevent dengue and other vector-borne diseases. He explained that monsoon season usually leads to formation of the pockets of dirty and clean water which are the main source of dengue spread. These pockets are then used by adult mosquitos as the breeding places. He said the expected sites for pockets of dengue are nurseries, graveyards, lakes, ponds, swimming pools, tyre shops, water pumping stations, hydrants, construction sites, and waste dumping areas.
He informed that PCDP Sindh had arranged about 100 community mobilization meetings at Muhalla level, conducted fumigation drives in selective areas, organised awareness for tyre shops and nurseries owners and fumigated areas around educational institutes in Karachi after reporting of dengue cases from these areas.
Dr Sheikh said monitoring of private and public sector hospitals had increased significantly and currently about 66 health facilities across Sindh province were sharing their data to the programme management. He said dengue kits were also available in public sector hospitals to diagnose dengue.
He said cleanliness and fumigation in the megacity was the responsibility of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), adding the KMC and civic institutes should chalk out comprehensive strategy ahead of expected monsoon rains to control the outbreak of dengue.