Call to set up vector borne diseases cell in Karachi


KARACHI: Health experts on Wednesday urged the provincial health department’s high ups to carry out surveillance of dengue and other vector borne diseases throughout the years in Sindh province, especially in Karachi to eliminate dengue mosquito.

They sought this while addressing an awareness seminar on topic “Is eradication of dengue virus possible?” organized by Medical & Social Welfare Committee of Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi here. Ex- Chairperson of Microbiology Department University of Karachi Prof Dr Shahana Urooj said anti- dengue fumigation campaign should be carried out across Karachi with proper strategy and planning. She said dengue and other vector borne diseases surveillance and awareness programs must be held throughout the year which will help root out such diseases in the future.

She suggested the authorities concerned to set up vector borne diseases cell in Karachi for monitoring and surveillance of such diseases.

Chief Guest Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said peak season of dengue viral fever starts from 1st September and continues till 15 November; therefore, preventive measures should be taken to protect citizens from dengue mosquito.

He advised the citizens to keep their food items, and water properly covered at homes or workplace. He said stagnant water must not be allowed to accumulate in any part of the city.

Briefing the participants, Program Manager, Dengue Prevention & Control Program, Sindh, Dr Masood Ahmed Solangi said separate dengue wards had been established in public hospitals across Karachi while dengue surveillance activities had also been increased in Sindh province to control dengue.

He said program management had launched a comprehensive awareness drive throughout the city and interior parts of province to control further prevalence of dengue.

He informed that fumigation drive against dengue and malaria fever had already been started in Karachi from 30 October that will continue till 20 November.