110 water samples tested in Naegleria Monitoring LabMay 22, 2013
KARACHI: The 110 water samples collected from different areas of the city were tested in the Naegleria Monitoring Laboratory and chlorine level was not as per standards in 30 samples. Focal persons would be responsible for collecting samples from all over the city and taking measure to ensure chlorine level in the supply based on lab testing reports. They will submit reports to the head of their respective departments.
A Focal Group to monitor presence of Naegleria in water supply to Karachi was established in a joint meeting of Caretaker Provincial Minister Health, Commissioner Karachi, Managing Director Karachi Water & Sewerage Board, Senior Dr Health KMC, Public Health Karachi and Department of Health, Sindh. The focal group would comprise one focal person from each department responsible for collecting samples from all over the city.
Following the directives, focal persons Deputy Chief Engineer KWSB Azam Khan, Public Health KMC Dr Aslam Pervaiz, AEEN Sikandar Ali, Dr Nadeem Shaikh, Deputy Secretary Health and Executive Engineer Liaqat Mughal collected samples from the city with their respective groups.
These steps are taken to ensure that standard chlorine level is maintained in the water supply to the city. Samples collected from the city would be used to find out the areas where chlorine level is under the standards and maintain it. However, KW&SB has already taken steps to ensure the standard chlorine level in the water supply.
Managing Director KW&SB Misbahuddin Farid directed DMD Technical Services to ensure healthy and clean water to the citizens of Karachi and take all preventives measure against Naegleria. Furthermore, all Executive Engineers must be directed to collect samples from tail end areas and submit them to Naegleria Monitoring Cell at COD Filter Plant for lab testing. Focal Group would formulate the daily report based on Lab Tests whereas; all departments would take measure in the light of this report.
He also nominated Deputy Chief Engineer Electrical and Mechanical M. Azam Khan as the Focal Person from KW&SB. Information regarding Naegleria can be obtained from him on 03452291056. All Focal Persons would coordinate with Health Department Sindh and their own respective departments.
MD KWSB said that we are striving to further raise the quality of water within our limited resources. He said that provision of clean and healthy water to the citizens if our first and far most priority. Water supplied to the citizens is checked for Chlorine level even after supply.