KARACHI: As many as 37,737 malaria cases have been reported throughout the Sindh province in 2014 and Malaria Control Program Sindh management has successfully brought the number of cases down by 50 percent as compared to last year, said Director, Malaria Control Program Sindh, Dr Naheed Jamali, while talking to PPI news agency on Wednesday.
Dr Naheed Jamali said malaria is a mosquito-borne disease and its outbreak took place after monsoon rains due to which thousands of people fall sick every year. She said malaria cases were common in rural areas of Sindh province, while dengue cases were generally reported from urban areas.
She said malaria cases had been declined 50 percent in the province in last year as compared to 2013. She claimed program management brings down the falciparum ratio to 15 percent against the target set by management earlier to bring the ratio at 20 percent. She said no any death was reported from malaria in last year.
She said only 1,743 malaria cases were detected in Karachi in 2014 from 35 microscopic centers established in Karachi city for treatment of malaria patients. She said the less numbers malaria cases were reported in Karachi in last year as per its population point-view.
She pointed out that four districts of Sindh: Thatta, Khairpur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas and Tharparker were leading in malaria cases in the province. She said that hundreds of mosquito nets were distributed in high-risk areas people of the province.
She said under the malaria control program in Sindh including Karachi, 510 microscopic centers were operating in province, where malaria patients are treated free of cost, while 118 rapid diagnostic centers also functional in various parts of Sindh province for malaria patients.
She explained that data of malaria patients collected from diagnostic centers which were shared to district level malaria superintendents in monthly basis then the data provided to Provincial Malaria Control Program.