Sindh govt approves PC-1 of Dengue Prevention, Control Program

KARACHI: The Sindh government has approved the PC-1 of Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh for three years (2015 to 2018) and program management has been given a task to control prevalence of dengue in the city, it was learned on Thursday.

An official at health department Sindh told PPI that provincial government had approved the PC-1 of Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh and allocated Rs 250 million fund for the program. He said funds will be released soon.

After the release of funds, hiring of an additional program manager, two deputy program managers, an entomologist, an environment specialist, five social mobilizer, 30 field workers, 10 drivers and other staff will be done to run the affairs of program smoothly and effectively.

An official said six Suzuki vans and 30 motorcycles will be purchased for fumigation. He said health department had upgraded the Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh into Dengue Prevention and Control Programm Sindh about two years ago for initial period of four months and now approved the PC-1 of program for three years.

The dengue cases have been reported in Sindh province, especially in Karachi city since 2005 to date and finally provincial government approved the PC-1 of program for three years after lapse of 10 years. The Dengue Prevention and Control Program Sindh is currently ineffective since last two years due to shortage of technical staff and funds.

In 2015, at least 3,692 dengue fever cases were reported in Sindh province, out of which 3,596 occurred in Karachi alone, while dengue claimed 11 precious lives last year and all these cases were reported in Karachi.