Karachi—The emergence of new 19 cases of dengue-affected citizens in Sindh especially in Karachi have exposed Sindh health department for failing to adopt appropriate measures for overcoming this gross national challenge. This emergence of 19 cases has also exposed the flawed strategy of the Sindh health department and municipal corporations that conduct ant-mosquito fumigation and aerial spray of insecticide.
The emergence of 19 new dengue cases has also exposed Sindh health department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation for a non-scientific use of fumigation to kill the mosquito while the experts, officials and doctors have always claimed the fumigation stands as one top mechanism for eliminating the dengue spreading mosquitoes.
However, University of Karachi Department of Chemistry had some five years ago conducted research on dengue and the research rejected all myths about production, growth I population and biting timelines for the dengue causing mosquito, Aedes Aegypti. However, neither the Sindh health department nor KMC showed any interest in benefitting from that research but continued to spending public money lavishly and uselessly on useless fumigation.
Of 19 new dengue-affectees 17 are from Karachi, 1 from Hyderabad and Shaheed Benazirabad each while 219 cases have been reported in Sindh since January 1, 2016 till date.
As usual, Sindh health minister chaired a meeting with Dengue Control Programme programme manager Dr Masood Solangi and other officials of health department and issued directives for taking all stakeholders on board saying that Sindh health department is unable to finish the task alone.
Though, the meeting did not invite any scientist or expert on chemistry or biology in the meeting and also did not lay any scientific programme on overcoming the disease, Solangi told he was in close liaison with other stakeholders and a massive awareness drive was launched last year over dengue and awareness seminars and walks would also be held this year as well.