KMC taking measures to combat NaegleriaMay 21, 2013
KARACHI: KMC Administrator Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi has said that measures for protection from Naegleria were underway and in this connection 170 samples of water from various areas of the city have been taken in which quantity of chlorine has been checked.
Federal B Area was affected by this disease last year, therefore, survey of this area has been conducted and water samples were taken. He said this while talking with media representatives on the occasion of seminar held on the topic of Mother and Child Health in Civic Centre.
The administrator said that considering Naegleria as a dangerous disease for citizens, a meeting was called immediately on information about existence of Naegleria germs which was attended by officials of Health Services Department, Municipal Services, Water Board and representatives of World Health Organization. On this occasion, a comprehensive plan for dealing with Naegleria was prepared.
He said despite of shortage of funds necessary medicines and other things for treatment and protection from Naegleria were being provided in KMC hospitals and clinics. After the payment of salaries and pensions of employees, health sector is our first priority in this connection health department was directed that an awareness campaign on large scale should be run for this killer disease and provide people with information through seminars, bill boards and media so that protection from this disease could be ensured.
The administrator informed that water sampling work was underway in various areas and more concentration was being given to kachi abadis where possibilities of existence of this germ were more. He said water samples for testing were being taken from water reservoirs in all small and big areas. Since this germ gets more active in summer season and enters human brain with water through nose, therefore, citizens should use chlorine water while washing face and ablution.
If symptoms of this disease appeared, contact nearest health centre. He said that precautionary measures could protect from this disease in this connection KMC was making arrangements for putting a suitable quantity of chlorine in its swimming pools and their cleanliness.
Underground and overhead tanks should be cleaned and every possible precaution should be taken for protection from this disease.