Naegleria: Use boiled water for ablution, advises health ministerSeptember 2, 2014
Karachi: Provincial Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmed on Wednesday stressed the need of taking precautionary measures and spreading awareness about Naegleria fowleri in the society.
He expressed these views while reviewing the Naegleria fowleri situation in city in a meeting held at his Office here. Secretary Health Iqbal Hussain Durrani, Special Secretary Health Dr Khalid Sheikh and Additional Secretary Dr Aslam Pechuho were also present.
He said role of Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) is significant if they ensure proper chlorination of water to control Naegleria fowleri. He said treatment of Naegleria is imposable once deadly brain-eating amoeba enters the brain but proper chlorination of water would help to prevent from Naegleria.
Dr Sagheer said efforts are under way in collaboration with KWSB to ensure chlorination of water in areas where needed. He showed his deep concern over death of nine people and stressed the need of spreading awareness about the Naegleria. He said Naegleria claimed eight lives in Karachi, while a person died in Mirpurkhas.
He advised the people to boil water before ablution because the Naegleria amoeba enters brain through nose. He suggested for comprehensive awareness drive so that people could be educated about the precautionary measures.
He appealed the media to publish special articles about Naegleria besides launching effective awareness drive through talk shows. He said media have significant role in society for creating awareness in this regard.
He directed the secretary health and special secretary health to hold meetings with town health officers in order to create awareness among society.
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