Malaria cases on rise in Larkana

Larkana: Unchecked growth of mosquitoes due to poor sanitary conditions has resulted in sharp rise of malaria throughout Larkana district and the municipal bodies despite huge funds and over-staffing have failed to take preventive measures.

A survey of private medical practitioners revealed that malaria cases have increased manifold after the recent rains, as after the rains no fumigation was carried out either by the District Health Officer or by the concerned municipalities.

The gravity of the problem can be judged from this fact that Additional Medical Superintendent of Teaching Block of Chandka Medical College Hospital wrote a letter to his Medical Superintendent requesting that due to unchecked growth of mosquitoes the sufferings of the ailing indoor medical and surgical patients are passing sleepless night and steps should be taken immediately to make at least the hospital premises mosquito-free.

After receipt of this letter, the MS wrote a letter to the DHO Larkana requesting for carrying out spray for killing mosquitoes; however, the reply of which is still awaited. Sources said presently all officers are busy in managing programs of 35th death anniversary of PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

A senior private medical practitioner, Dr. Irshad Jokhio, told PPI that 20% of the patients suffering from fever that come to his clinic nowadays are diagnosed as malaria patients. He said previously these cases were almost zero.

He said that number of malaria affected patients will increase with every passing day in hotter season. He said mosquito peak seasons are from October to December and February to April every year, during which the municipal authorities should be reactivated to vigorously start proper fumigation in the district using genuine material, regularly remove accumulated debris, garbage and proper cleansing of sewerage drains & standing waters.

He also said that mass awareness should also be made through radio and newspaper advertisements as malaria is a infectious killer disease. He said the government will have to take preventive measures for better healthcare of citizens. Dr. Jokhio further added that by adopting these essential measures dengue fever can also be wiped out.

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