Dengue and Malaria register alarming rise in two weeks

3,072 people diagnosed with malaria, 1,098 with dengue during September

A total of 3,072 people have been diagnosed with malaria and 1,098 with dengue during the current month in Sindh province.

Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that there has been an increase in the dengue cases in the province. He was briefing the media after a meeting on the flood situation in Sindh chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah.

The provincial minister said that so far at least nine people had died due to dengue in Karachi, adding that 15,101 people have been screened for malaria in the ongoing month, of which 3,072 were found affected with the disease.

Memon also told that 1,066 dengue cases were detected in Karachi, nine in Hyderabad, 11 in Mirpur Khas, five in Shaheed Benazir Abad and seven in Sukkur in the current month.

He also said that a control room was established by the provincial government in the health department to monitor and provide immediate medical assistance to the people already affected by the devastating floods in Sindh.

According to media reports, Sindh CM has ordered all the department heads to monitor and dismiss all those from service who were not performing duties. CM Murad Ali Shah has also given the directions that all the relief goods should be distributed right from the union council level so that the goods could reach each and every flood-affected person.

CM Sindh was also given briefing over the current situation of floods in the province according to which the flood situation in the Indus River was going to be normal. He was briefed that there was high flood at Kotri barrage with reduced water level whereas Guddu and Sukkur barrages were normal for the past one week.

The meeting was also told that the level of Manchhar Lake had come down from 122.75 RL on Sept 12 to 122.50 RL on Sept 13. The water level at Dadu-Moro Bridge also showed a reduction from RL 130.4 to RL 126.9. Moreover, 206 fixed camps with 317 doctors, 648 paramedics and 145 volunteers have been set up whereas 382 mobile camps with 396 doctors, 765 paramedics and 171 volunteers were also in the relief camps, it was stated.

Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) informed the participants of the briefing that 6,873 tents, 21,200 tarpaulins and 50,536 ration bags to six divisions for distribution were dispatched on Sept 12. It was also told that so far 203,173 tents, 181,161 tarpaulins, 396,162 ration bags were distributed in total for the affected areas.

Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho, Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon, Excise Minister Mukesh Chawla and Livestock Minister Bari Pitafi, CM’s advisers Manzoor Wassan, Murtaza Wahab and Rasool Bux Chandio, Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput and Principal Secretary to CM Fayaz Jatoi participated in the meeting whereas Corps 5, Engineering Corps, Pakistan Navy and Air Force besides Minister Irrigation Jam Khan Shoro joined the briefing on video-link.