Over 15000 Dengue cases including 14534 of Karachi were reported in Sindh till Dec.01
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Dengue Control Program administration to start research-based work so that precautionary measures could be taken in vulnerable area.
“Simply collecting the data based on hospital reports is not enough to control the situation but we must have the map showing the affected areas of last year so that concerned departments, including local government and health departments could be informed to take precautionary measures before the start of dengue season,” he said while presiding over a meeting of Prevention and Control Program for Dengue (PCPD) here on Tuesday at CM House.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Minister Health Dr. Azra Pechuho, Minister Local Government Nasir Shah, Secretary Local Government Roshan Shaikh, Program Manager Prevention and Control of Dengue Program Dr. Mahmood Iqbal and other concerned.
The chief minister said that the people in the dengue control program were carrying out routine work and this would not create any impact. “You have to collect a reliable data, not only from the hospitals but from laboratories to ascertain the actual number of the affected people and we must know which areas are affected this month/year and how much people were affected last year and what is the difference,” he said and added there must be scientific method to tackle the situation.
Shah directed Dengue program team to prepare maps of the affected areas of last year and this year and study the measures taken last year and their impact and then identify the weaknesses, if any. “You can assign the research-based work to medical universities for your guidance,” he said.
Shah also directed the Dengue control program to inform the concerned departments, including commissioners and deputy commissioners about the period in which dengue mosquitoes emerge so that concerned institutions could start precautionary measures.
The chief minister was told that the country was facing an outbreak of Dengue infection in all its provinces. Total 52476 cases have been reported upto December 1, 2019 in the country, which include 13283 cases in Islamabad, 10051 Punjab, 15521 Sindh, 7080 KPK, 3386 Balochistan and 1690 AJK.
In Sindh 15521 cases of Dengue infection have been reported, out of which 14534 or 93 percent happened in the city of Karachi.
Minister Health, Dr. Azra Pechuho told the chief minister that more affected areas of the city were Central, south, East and Korangi districts. Only 1085 cases were reported from other districts of the province which major incidence in Hyderabad, Umerkot and Mirpurkhas.
The chief minister was told that during 2019 total 43 deaths have been reported, including 37 in private and six in public hospitals. The cause of deaths was mentioned as dengue hemorrhagic, fever, dengue shock syndrome and co-morbidity.
It was pointed out that the cases of dengue infection started increasing from September 2019 due to heavy rainfall, high humidity and temperature and disposal of solid waste issues. At this the chief minister said that there were various countries which receive rain continuously but such cases were reported there. ‘I want you to find out the solution and prevention through your expertise, research and hard-work,” he directed the Dengue Prevention & Control Program team.
Giving progressive report, the program manager said that out of 3056 cases, 2697 or 88 percent were responded for activities at their homes. 2,233,493 meters have been fumigated/space spray. 11925 rooms have been sprayed. 1547 patients received LLIN bed nets, 13495 Larvicidal activities have been done and awareness campaign was in progress.
Giving update on the situation Dr. Mhmood Iqbal said that the weekly data of Karachi shoed that during first week of September, 2019, 152 cases were reported which went on increasing and reached to 2470 cases in the fourth week of October, 2019. However, cases started declining from the first week of November when 1313 cases were reported which further declined to 809 cases in the end of November. (PR)