Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh upgraded

Karachi: Health Department Sindh has upgraded the Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh and now the programme will operate in province with new name Dengue Prevention and Control Programme.

Sources of Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh confirmed this development and said with approval of Chief Minister Sindh the cell has been changed into Dengue Prevention and Control Programme for initial period of four month, while the programme would be extended for three years.

The office of programme has been established at third floor of Neurosurgery Ward building of Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), situated in Services Hospital Karachi

Focal Person for Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh Dr M Shakeel Aamir Mullick has been made provincial manager of new programme. The programme will organize awareness sessions in selective districts through media and seminars.

The sources said Karachi Municipals Corporation (KMC) will provide 24 vehicles and 24 motorcycles equipped with spray hands pumps to Dengue Prevention and Control Programme to make in-depth fumigation arrangement in high-risk areas.

They said the responsibility of biological control of dengue mosquitoes has been handed over to KMC and fisheries department. About 500 doctors would be trained under this programme to handle dengue viral fever patients effectively in the province.

Sources informed that data of dengue patients would be shared with Suparco that will conduct mapping of such area. The samples of dengue mosquitoes will be dispatched to Defence Science Organization Laboratory to analysis and access effectiveness of sprays against them.

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