Dengue more prevalent in four distrcits of Karachi;
We have overcome dengue cases through strong structure at divisional level;
Manager Prevention & Control of Dengue Program Sindh
Dengue Report 2018 published and issued
Karachi, April 29th: Due to cooperation of relevant institutions and untiring efforts of Prevention & Control of Dengue Program, we have succeeded to overcome dengue cases in the province. As many as 395 cases have been reported during current year until now indicating more cases in four districts of Karachi. These districts having high cases include East, Central, South and Korangi.
This was informed by Dr. Abdul Rashid, Manager, Prevention & Control of Dengue Program being run under Department of Health, Sindh to media persons during a press briefing held to share performance of program during recent years. Program Manager is going to retire on Tuesday on completion of his service in government sector.
Deputy Program Managers Dr. Anis, Dr. Jai Parkash, Additional Program Manager Dr. Abdul Waheed, Environmentalist Babar Mahar and Entomologist Haq Nawaz Chandio were also present in briefing.
Dr. Abdul Rashid told that strong structure of his program at divisional level undertakes surveillance and case control activities. We need capacity building of our specialists, doctors, social mobilizer and all other staff to further improve performance of program. Cooperation is needed on continuous basis from other relevant departments including local government, lady health workers, malaria control, district administration and district health officers, he urged.
Peak season of dengue spans from September to January, however cases are usually reported throughout the year. Now it is prevention season on which program is working and taking measures accordingly, Dr. Abdul Rashid told.
Program Manager shared that some 2088 cases were reported in 2018 with two deaths. During this current year 2019, as many as 395 cases have been reported so far from all over Sindh with one death. Four district of Karachi reported major chunk of cases and those are East (56), Central (48), South (43) and Korangi (19). Among others district West reported 12, Malir 8, Hyderabad and Larkana 4 each, Sukkur 3, two each in Mirpukhas, Qambar Shahdadkot, one each in Matiari, Ghotiki and Khairpur. About 96.45 percent cases reported in Karachi alone, of them 201 were male and 194 female patients, he mentioned.
Dr. Abdul Rashid told that they have 129 sentinels sites in Sindh including 43 laboratories, 36 public sector hospitals, 29 DHO’s and 21 private hospitals. Public should play its role by not allowing stagnant water at homes, streets and areas, he urged.
We have also published and issued progress report of 2018 containing data and performance of program, he concluded.