Health dept to distribute Sodium Hypochlorite to check NaegleriaJune 3, 2015
KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Health Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Thursday said that his department in collaboration with Water Board Karachi (KWSB) will distribute the bottles of Sodium Hypochlorite (SH) and chlorine tablets free of cost in worst naegeleria affected areas.
He said an awareness campaign regarding Naegleria will be launched in different quarters of the society especially from the mosques. He said while to save drinking water, service stations for vehicles are directed not to use drinking water for the purpose of washing vehicles. They are directed to use boring water.
This he said while presiding over a meeting of Health Department and Karachi water and sewerage board MD.
MD Hashim Raza Zaidi, Special Secretary Health Dr Khalid Shaikh, EDO Health Karachi Dr Zafar Aijaz, Chief Chemist Yahya Waseem Qureshi, Chief Executive Dr Mohammad Ahsan Siddiqui also attended the meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that the level of chlorine according to international standard would be maintained at five filter plants run by Karachi Water and Sewerage Board, while the number of present 11 boosters would be increased up to 30 so that purified water might reach to the end users.
Hashim Raza Zaidi informed the meeting that Water Board Karachi purchases chlorine of Rs.13million per month and uses it in their filter plants.
Dahar said the government is spending billions of rupees to provide relief to the people and their results must reach to them. Proper chlorination should be done at water storage places in order to save common man from fatal diseases like Negleria.
He said that unless clean and chlorinated water reaches to the people we could not get our objective. He also directed to departments concerned to have proper coordination among them and avoid creating panic among the masses.
Health Minister said: ‘It is the need of hour to create awareness regarding Negelria amongst masses, as only preventive measures can save us from this disease.’