KMC fails to conduct anti-malaria and dengue spry in city

KARACHI: The Municipal Services of Karachi Metropolitan
Corporation (KMC) has failed to launch the fumigation drive in Karachi despite
the fact that the malaria and dengue cases are rising in different areas of the
city.

The anti-dengue and malaria fumigation drive could not
begin yet despite the lapse of almost six months, putting the lives of citizens
in danger in Karachi. The dengue larva breeding has been increasing due to poor
sanitation conditions in the city, as no concrete steps have yet been taken to
control the prevalence of dengue, malaria and other vector-borne diseases.

An official at Municipal Service told PPI that KMC had
been unable to launch anti-dengue fumigation campaign due to non-supply of
insecticide from the Sindh government. They informed that staff, vehicles and
machinery were available, but the Sindh government has not provided insecticide
chemicals to KMC’s Municipal Services Department.

They further informed that Sindh Malaria Control Program
was responsible to purchase insecticide chemicals and distribute in districts
of Sindh province as per requirements, but the program management had not been
providing insecticide chemicals to KMC since a couple of years.

Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh (PCPD)
is conducting fumigation in selective areas of Karachi after reporting of
dengue cases, but the authorities concerned of KMC are unable to start
fumigation drive throughout the city to control the prevalence of
mosquito-borne diseases.

The peak season of dengue is about to start in the city
and will continue till December, but no anti-dengue fumigation drive has been
started in any part of the city by KMC this year so far. The major sites of
dengue are nurseries, graveyards, lakes, ponds, swimming pools, tyre shops,
water pumping stations, hydrants, construction cities, waste and garbage
dumping areas.

Experts recommended for launching anti-dengue and malaria
and Congo fumigation campaign in high-risk areas of the city before beginning
of rains in the city to control a possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases.

In 2019, – Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in
Sindh had registered 16,925 dengue across the Sindh province out of which
15,709 were recorded in Karachi alone while 46 people died of dengue previous
year.

Similarly, Sindh Malaria Control Programme had registered
more than 14,000 cases across the Sindh province last year. Head of Sindh
Malaria Control Programme and Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in
Sindh Dr Mehmood Iqbal Memon was not available for comments.

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