KARACHI: On the directive of Sindh minister for information & local bodies and chairman Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB), Managing Director KWSB Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has directed the relevant officers to ensure all safety measures and precautions for protection of citizens from naegleria fowleri.
All-out cooperation should be made with the monitoring committee formed by the Sindh government, which comprised of the representatives of KWSB, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, Health Department, Public Health Department and district council he said.
MD KWSB said analysis of the samples collected by the monitoring committee should be carried out in the modern laboratories of KWSB and KMC so that no doubt could remain there. Water samples should be directly collected from taps or pumping stations rather than water tanks.
If in the light of reports low level of chlorine is found in any area then the level should be maintained on emergency basis to save citizens from naegleria he said.
Meanwhile, following the directive of MD KWSB, more 12 sodium hypochlorite plants have been installed and activated at Damloti, NEK, Pepri, pumping houses of future colony, Korangi, Chanesar Goth, LSR-1, LSR-2, Sakhi Hassan, University Road and Nipa.
A quantity of 2.5ppm chlorine is being added in the water from the plants, while in all the areas of the city chlorine is being added from 0.2ppm to 0.5 ppm according to international standard.
Rs9m have been approved from the Sindh government to ensure buying and installing 12 chlorinators in the city.
MD KWSB requested from the citizens to adopt precautionary measures. Clean water storage tanks, do not swim in ponds or swimming pools without mixing chlorine in the water, make ablution with boiled water because naegleria eats brain after entering through nostrils. This germ grows in clean water, therefore water pots should be covered and stored water should not be used after 10 days.â€