Major hospitals reluctant to share dengue disease cases data


KARACHI: Dengue control and prevention activities have slowed down in Karachi city due to lack of coordination between public hospitals’ management and Dengue Prevention & Control Program (DPCP) Sindh administration, it was learned on Wednesday.

A reliable source at Dengue Prevention & Control Program Sindh on condition of anonymity confirmed that the poor coordination between Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and Provincial Health Department’s healthcares with dengue program administration had slowed down the dengue control and prevention activities across the city.

He said dengue viral peak season had begun in Sindh from August and was expected to continue till December 2015, but dengue program was still non-functional due to shortage of funds and poor cooperation of heads of hospitals with program management.

He informed that Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Lyari General Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital Liaquatabad, Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi, Sindh Government Hospital Qatar Orangi Town and other hospitals were not sharing dengue cases with Dengue Prevention & Control Program. He some private hospitals were also reluctant to share data of dengue cases with program manager.

The management of Dengue Prevention & Control Program had sent several written requests to heads of public and private healthcare centres for sharing data of dengue cases but medical superintendents of hospitals were not coordinating with program management in this regard.

The heads of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation hospitals were reluctant to share data with program management despite clear directives of Commissioner Karachi. The non-cooperative of heads public and private hospitals had slowed down the dengue prevention and control activities in the city.

Source said the number of dengue cases could be much higher as there was no system in place to record the actual data. Communication and coordination is non-existent between the Dengue Program officials and public hospitals administration.

New Program Manager of Dengue Prevention & Control Program Sindh Dr Masood Ahmed Solangi, when contacted, said request had been sent to heads provincial health department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation run hospitals for sharing data of dengue cases. He said efforts were underway to improve communication with heads of public and private hospitals.

He said: “Some hospitals are sharing data with the program administration on regular basis but few public and private hospital managements are not coordinating in this regard.”