LG secretary seeks strategy to control dengue virus

KARACHI: Secretary Local Government Sindh Javed Hanif has urged the municipal organizations to adopt a comprehensive and wide-ranging strategy to control dengue threat with the coordination of other civic bodies so that the citizens could be saved from this deadly disease.

Publication and distribution of informative material and holding of seminars and other such awareness programs would help control spread of dengue virus, he said while speaking at a meeting held in his office to review and analyze the dengue control measures and formulating of a future strategy in this connection.

Those who attended the meeting included Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, administrators of all six district municipal corporations, Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Senior Director Health and Medical Services Dr Muhammad Ali Abbasi and other officers.

Giving briefing on this occasion, Administrator Karachi said KMC was very keen to utilize all of its resources to combat dengue threat. The spray round for combating against dengue was continuously underway since January 2013 with the coordination of district municipal corporations.

He informed that on the instructions of Secretary Health Sindh, a total of 24 fumigation vehicles were handed over to the Executive District Officer Health Services in August 2013 for fumigation throughout the city whereas KMC administration had purchased 36 new fumigation vehicles worth Rs 196,92000 from the funds of ADP in April 2012 which were inaugurated by the then minister for local government in September 2013.

He said that spray programs were arranged during religious events and other occasions, besides providing fumigation facilities to all major hospitals, markets, shopping centers, prisons, Chief Minister/Governor House, Supreme/High/Lower Courts and rural areas especially to the district council Karachi.

The 23rd round of fumigation had been arranged from 2nd April to 11 April 2014 with the coordination of all DMCs.

Administrator Karachi said dengue awareness campaigns were also being carried out through various media sources to inform about the preventive measures in this regard and also through the Municipal Utility Bills Department for distribution of this information amongst the consumers.

He said sprinkling of fenthion was also continuously carried out by the staff of the municipal public health in all major and minor nullahs of the city and the de-grassing and channelization work being started as a three months larvacidal activity program in order to destroy the breeding places of mosquitoes. The daily spray report was also sent to all concerned quarters and the spray was also performed in the Goths located in Bin Qasim and Gadap Town.

He also briefed him about the complaints which were received regarding fumigation work and the action that had been taken to address such complaints.

Giving the history of dengue fever outbreaks in Karachi in last seven years, he said last year a total of 1769 dengue suspected cases were reported out of which 830 were confirmed and 10 people died due to dengue fever whereas in 2012 734 cases suspected out of which 732 were confirmed and only 4 people died out of this disease.

Administrator Karachi said the situation was getting better since then and it was under control of spread of dengue. This was achieved with the extra efforts made by the municipal services department of KMC with the coordinated approach as a team work and guidance of superiors.

It was informed in the meeting that the dengue control required work in five areas including vector control, health education, biological control, administrative measures and diagnostic and treatment facilities.

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