44,731 malaria cases detected across Sindh in 2015

KARACHI: As many as 44,731 malaria cases have been recorded by Malaria Control Program Sindh throughout the Sindh province in 2015, while no death was reported from malaria in the province last year.

According to the yearly data released by Malaria Control Program Sindh, a total 44,731 malaria cases had been reported across the Sindh province in 2015, out of which 216 were detected from Hyderabad, 472 from Tando Allahyar, 894 from Matiari, 229 from Tando Mohammad Khan, 1537 from Badin, 9150 from Khairpur, 2413 from Shaheed Benazirabad, 2444 from Naushero Feroze, 3225 from Mirpurkhas, 1185 from Umerkot and 1357 from Tharparkar.

Report further stated that 835 malaria cases were reported from Sanghar, 1053 from Sukkur, 1553 Shikarpur, 1852 from Ghotki, 1686 from Jacobabad, 1338 from Kashmore, 3041 from Larkana, 1491 from Kamber, 1221 from Dadu, 514 from Jamshoro, 1667 from Karachi, 4537 from Thatta and 821 from Sujawal district respectively. While no any death was reported from malaria in last year

The majority of malaria cases have been recorded from Khairpur, Thattha, Larkana and Mirpurkhas districts of Sindh province. The program management also distributed the mosquito nets in high-risk areas of the province.

Director, Malaria Control Program Sindh, Dr Naheed Jamali, while talking to PPI said malaria is a mosquito-borne disease and its outbreak take place after monsoon rains due to which thousands of people fall sick every year. She said malaria cases were common in rural areas of Sindh province as compared urban areas, while dengue cases were generally reported from urban areas.

She said 1,667 malaria cases were detected in Karachi in 2015 at microscopic centres established in Karachi city for treatment of malaria patients.

She said under the malaria control program in Sindh including Karachi, 511 microscopic centres are operating throughout the province, where malaria patients are treated free of cost, while diagnostic centres are also functional in various parts of Sindh province.

She explained that 17 new malaria diagnostic centres had also been established across the province in last years to enhance coverage as not malaria infected patient remain undiagnosed in the province. She said administration of Sindh Malaria Control Program had also been activated in its teams in Tharparkar district.