Pak One Health Alliance

As the cases of dengue and malaria have started to spread rapidly in the entire city during the ongoing monsoon rains, the fumigation campaign launched by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) and district municipal corporations (DMCs) may not yield required results until the stagnant water and sewage on the streets and inside the localities are not completely removed, it emerged on Saturday. Informed sources said that diseases had already began to hit almost every locality and there was an alarming surge in cases of dengue, malaria, cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery due to highly unhygienic conditions across the city.

They said that dengue and malaria were spreading like epidemic due to breeding mosquitoes, while the cases of cholera, diarrhoea and dysentery were increasing mainly due to flies, ponds and puddles of filthy water and stinking heaps of garbage. Sources in the KMC’s municipal services department told Dawn that the fumigation drives could not yield required results until the filth and sewage in the city was breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies. They said that repeated rounds of fumigation were required to get rid of insects. They conceded that the desired results of the ongoing fumigation drive might not be achieved in the presence of filthy stagnant water and oozing sewage in the city, especially in the cloudy weather.

Reported on : 28.August, 2022

Source: Dawn Newspaper

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