Malaria reemerges in megalopolis: expert

Karachi: Malaria has reemerged in metropolis as over dozens of people with the disease were being reported in different hospitals of the city on daily basis after the number of mosquitoes is increasing owing to the stagnant water in view of monsoon showers and open drains.

The number of malaria cases is increasing day by day in Civil Hospital Karachi, Sindh Government Hospital New Karachi, Sindh Government Children Hospital Nazimabad and other hospitals of the city. The health experts working in the city have advised citizens to adopt precautionary measures against the disease.

Dr Talat Zehra Bashir Incharge Paediatrics OPD Civil Hospital Karachi talking to PPI asserted that the effective malaria roll back programme should be started to prevent people of the province from the disease. She said intensity and regularity of malaria depend on factors such as rainfall and open drains.

She stated that malaria is on the rise in the city, which needs proper attention of the authorities concerned. She said that the citizens were required to remove all such places where dengue and malaria mosquitoes breed. She said this is the only solution to control the spread of disease in the City.

Dr Zehra said approximately six to seven malaria cases are reported daily at Civil Hospital Karachi and number may surge in coming day as rainy season already started in Karachi. She informed that 72 malaria patients tested positive in month of June out of 788 who had got tested in the hospital.

She emphasized the need for immediately undertaking anti-mosquito drive in the city and urged the city government officials concerned to ensure that proper fumigation was carried out at major open drains. She urged joint efforts to counter the malaria disease in early stages.

Director Malaria Control Programme Sindh Dr Naheed Jamali said malaria is still under control in Sindh, especially in Karachi but all arrangments had been finalized to control any possible outbreak of it during rains and flood.

She advised the people keep their food items and water properly covered at homes to save them from malaria and dengue diseases.