Call to launch drive against NaegleriaMay 16, 2013
KARACHI: KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has directed Health Department that a campaign for public awareness for protection from dangerous Naegleria germs should be run which through water enter in human body and precautionary measures and information about this killer disease through seminars, bill boards and media should be provided to people so that protection from this germ could be ensured.
He directed Water Board to include a suitable quantity of chlorine in water being provided to the city from big pumping stations including Hub, Pipri, Gharo, New Sabzi Mandi NEK and all water pumping stations including COD National Stadium whereas Focal Persons would be appointed in Water Board and KMC Medical Department who along with providing information about Naegleria would work on complains in this connection.
He said this while addressing a combined meeting of KMC and KWSB about Naegleria in which Sr. Director Health Services Dr. A. D. Sajnani, Water Board officials, representatives of WHO and other concerned officers was present. Administrator Karachi directed health department to start water sampling work from today and concentrate on such areas including kachi abadis where more chances of this germ could be found.
He said that samples from water reservoir of all small and big areas should be taken. This germ gets more active in summer season and enter with water in brain through nose therefore citizens while ablution and washing faces should use boiled and chlorine water whereas they should avoid washing faces from water reservoirs, pools and other places and contact to health centre in case of appearing symptoms.
Administrator Karachi said that Naegleria was a very dangerous disease and precautionary measures could protect from this disease. KMC was making arrangements for cleanliness and pouring chlorine in water of its swimming pools.
He directed water board to repair water pipe lines where necessary so that germ of this disease could not enter in water from such locations whereas water samples from different areas of city should be sent for test of chlorine quantity so that citizens could be protected from this killer disease.