Call to prevent people from Naegleria, dengue diseases

September 16, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Renowned Microbiologist, Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Prof Dr Afia Zafar, on Wednesday said Naegleria, dengue and Congo virus are deadly diseases but preventable through few precautionary measures.

She shared these views while addressing a seminar organized by Medical & Social Welfare Committee, Arts Council of Pakistan. Additional Secretary Health Dr Aslam Pechuho, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Dr Zafar Ejaz, Dr Irfan Khan, Dr Shakil Aamir Malik and Dr SM Qaiser Sajjad also spoke the event.

Dr Afia said Naegleria fowleri spread due to scarcity of chlorine water. She said Naegleria is generally reported with rising of temperature in summer season. She said precious lives could be saved through adopting preventive measures and ensuring chlorination of water.

Focal Person Naegleria Dr Irfan Khan said Karachi Metropolitan Corporation had started the sampling of water throughout Karachi to control the further prevalence Naegleria fowleri. He said chlorination of water in farm houses, parks and swimming pools almost completed in city to protect lives.

Senior Director Medical & Health Services Dr Zafar Ejaz said mass level awareness campaign had successfully continued across the province about these three diseases. He admitted that 40 percent water sample result showed that authorities concerned could not ensure the chlorination of water in city.

Provincial Manger Dengue Prevention & Control Program Dr Shakil Aamir Malik said 527 dengue cases had been reported in Karachi from 1st January 2014 so far. He said nine people had died due to dengue fever this year so far.

Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said all stockholders were working jointly to control and eliminate Naegleria, dengue and Congo virus. He said KMC would take all possible steps to control the spread of diseases in city in collaboration health department.

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