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Karachi registers 212 cases of dengue in current year

KARACHI: Karachi has registered 212 cases of dengue fever in the current year as compared to 234 in the corresponding period last year, said Special Secretary for Sindh Health Department, Dr. Khalid Shaikh. Sharing details of the arrangements made by the department to protect citizens against the ailment, he said a coordinated approach has been...

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 27, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 27, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

KARACHI: Karachi has registered 212 cases of dengue fever in the current year as compared to 234 in the corresponding period last year, said Special Secretary for Sindh Health Department, Dr. Khalid Shaikh.

Sharing details of the arrangements made by the department to protect citizens against the ailment, he said a coordinated approach has been adopted to prevent and manage dengue fever along with malaria.

“Malaria has basically emerged to be a rural area ailment yet its incidence in many of the semi urban areas and slums of major cities is also a fact, he told APP in reply to a question on Monday.

To another query, he said intensity of dengue fever was generally registered after July and mainly in August, yet to ensure timely management Larvacidal campaign has been initiated in the selected areas of Karachi.

These were said to include Gujjar Nalah running amidst varied Katchi Abadis in the metropolis and around Fine House off Tipu Sultan Road.

“Provincial health department has also approach more than 30 private hospitals to ensure that they may necessarily share details of dengue patients arriving their facilities with the government dengue control cell,” he said.

The Special Secretary for Health also mentioned that attempts are also being made to raise awareness for prevention of malaria and dengue at grass root levels.

It is not only that sessions were arranged at different schools but media has also been actively involved to sensitize people about symptoms of the disease, its control and prevention, he said. – APP

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