Karachi, June 22, 2018 (PPI-OT): Provincial Caretaker Minister for Health Dr. Saadia Virk Rizvi meet with Project Director of Prevention and Control Program for dengue in Sindh. Minister Health expressed her displeasure over the news published in national newspapers regarding the “no fumigation campaign in Sindh to control mosquito-borne diseases.” She said that fumigation campaign started on priority basis before the monsoon season.
Dr. Rasheed briefed the Minister Health about the objectives and performance of Dengue Control Program. He told the poor sanitation system and uncontrolled population is the cause of dengue breeding in metropolis. We are coordinating with all concerned authorities including local government department and union council representatives to resolve the matter.
He informed that in 2018, up to June dengue cases reported in Sindh are 519, reported from 66 sentinel sites of province. While in 2017, the number of dengue cases reported in Sindh were 2927 including and total death was 2. Karachi division was most affected with 2889 cases (98%) followed by Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Sukkur division 15, 14, 07 and 02 respectively.
He told that Dengue prevent and control program Sindh has to implement activities in line with case specific reported by hospitals on daily basis. This includes visit of patient house for surveillance of potential places of vector inside and outside house and awareness to family. Moreover inside room spray of rooms and fumigation inside and outside the houses are being carried out. Furthermore, if numbers of cases have been increased in specific union councils whose UCs are surveyed and activities of larviciding and fumigation conducted by program.
Dr. Rasheed enlightened the importance of Mass media to aware public and meet the objectives efficiently and effectively. He asked Minister Health to initiate the awareness campaign in Sindh through media as Program has no sufficient fund to initiate this. He added that we have also developed the Program we page for information and access of community (www.preventionandcontrolprogramdengueinsindh.com).
For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401