Dengue Control Program in Sindh runs sans staff

March 18, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The seriousness of the rulers of Sindh province to save the citizens from dengue viral fever could be gauged from the fact that they have yet to even give staff to the Dengue Control Program Sindh.

The health department government of Sindh has yet to start recruitment of staff to run the Dengue Prevention and Control Programme Sindh, reporter learned on Saturday.

The provincial government had set up a temporary ‘Dengue Surveillance Cell’ in the Civil Hospital Karachi in 2005. It was converted into the Dengue Prevention and Control Programme (DPCP) two and half year ago, after the number of dengue virus cases surged in 2014.

The provincial government hired eight employees, including six field workers, one social mobiliser and one computer operator on ‘temporary basis’ in 2014. However, they faced several problems in getting their salaries.

Currently, the provincial programme is run by one man: the provincial programme manager, Dr Masood Solangi.

The government of Sindh had approved the PC-1 of Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh for three years (2016 to 2018) and programme management was given a task to control prevalence of dengue in Karachi but the hiring of staff to run the programme is to be started as yet.

The recruitment of an Additional Programme Manager, two Deputy Programme Managers, an Entomologist, an Environment Specialist, five Social Mobilizer, 30 Field Workers, ten drivers and other staff has still to be done due to lethargy of health department bureaucracy.

The purchase of six Suzuki pickups and 30 motorcycles was also delayed due to non release of funds.

The dengue cases have been reported in Sindh province especially in Karachi city since 2005 but provincial health department has failed to devise a proper mechanism to control the spread of dengue virus.

Secretary Health Sindh Dr Saeed Ahmed Mangnejo, talking to reporter, said the PC-1 of dengue programme has already been approved and hiring of staff will begin soon after the release of funds.

He said currently Malaria Control Program Sindh is coordinating with the dengue programme management in larvicidal activity across Karachi.