First cold snap arrives in interior Sindh

KARACHI: The first cold snap of the winter has arrived in interior Sindh with infectious diseases like cough and flu coupled with fever. The people have started purchasing warm clothes to protect themselves from cold weather. The cold implications have hit people in several cities and towns of interior Sindh including Larkana, Nawabshah, Dadu, Sehwan Sharif, Moen-Jo-Daro, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Rohri, Khairpur, Gambat, Naushehro Feroze, and Shahdadpur. Villages are facing more cold weather intensity than towns. Low cold intensity is prevalent in Hyderabad. However, weather in Karachi is pleasant, where people are enjoying it after long spell of heat.

Due to falling of temperature, sales of winter garments have picked up the pace in these cities and towns. The major buyers are villagers. The authorities need to launch awareness campaign about protection from cold weather. Talking about medical facilities during this cold season, the arrival of patients of cold and flu in the public and private hospitals is rising day by day. The shortage of government hospitals is causing miseries to the patients.

Talking to PPI, a doctor, Abdullah Khilji from district Shikarpur, said that people do not care of cold, and mostly, children ignore to wear the warm clothes despite threats of ongoing epidemic of cold diseases. The children, who sleep in the open sky during cold nights, become most target of cough and flu. He said that chest congestion, cough, and flu are caused by viruses. He mentioned that people, who wear used sheets and second hand clothes, are also affected by the diseases. He said people should remain careful of winter implications.

Zaman Hussain Mirza, a local citizen of Hyderabad, talking to PPI said cold season had started in Hyderabad with low intensity; however, it has affected those citizens with flu, cold and fever who do not care. He was of the view that ongoing mega construction projects of roads in the city had severely affected the people as they inhale pollution unintentionally.

Rashid, a citizen from Larkana, said that due to stagnant water, mosquitoes growth had increased in the city. He said no proper provision of medical facilities is being seen in the government hospitals. Another person Asad from Moro city also replied the same situation. He said that no spray campaign has been launched in the city since many days.