Six people die of dengue fever in 2014

Karachi: Provincial Manager, Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh, Dr M Shakeel Aamir Mullick has said six people died of dengue fever in 2014 and 256 dengue viral fever cases were reported in this year so far.

He expressed these views while talking to media men at Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) Office. Dr Mullick said all six deaths had been reported from Karachi city and last death was reported on 21st May 2014. He said a total of 256 dengue fever cases had been reported in 2014, of which 248 were reported from Karachi, eight from rest of Sindh province. He said few dengue cases were also reported from Balochistan province.

He said Sindh Health Department had upgraded the Dengue Surveillance Cell into complete program and summery was approved by Chief Minister Sindh in April 2014. He informed that keeping in previous year experience in mind the Dengue Prevention and Control Program had adopted a scientific method to eliminate dengue larva breeding points at Union Councils (UCs) level across the Karachi city.

He said fumigation drive partially help to eliminate dengue mosquitoes but elimination of larva breeding points through scientific manner was only way to prevent from dengue viral fever in future.

He said actual responsibilities of Dengue Prevention and Control Program is monitoring of dengue cases in province. He said all concerned departments should play their role to control the further prevalence of dengue viral fever through effective measures.

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