Dengue cases on rise in city as fumigation to get required results

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While the spike in cases of dengue and malaria in the city showed no significant decline, the municipal bodies on Thursday claimed to have covered 60 to 70 per cent of the metropolis in the ongoing fumigation drive that would continue till December.

Informed sources said that the fumigation campaign to eliminate mosquitoes was being carried out by the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, seven District Municipal Corporations and Sindh Solid Waste Management Board in different parts of the city.

However, reports pouring in from almost every part of the city suggested that many localities were still replete with mosquitoes and people were unable to save themselves from bites that ultimately lead to malaria or dengue.The sources said that the anti-mosquito drive could not yield the required results as yet because ponds and puddles of stagnant water and sewage on the streets and inside the localities were yet to be removed.

They said that the filth and sewage in the city were serving as the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and flies. And repeated fumigation was required to get the city rid of insects.

The sources said that the desired results of the fumigation drive could never be achieved in the presence of filthy stagnant water and oozing sewage in the city.An SSWMB spokesperson said that they along with KMC jointly completed the fumigation in six districts — South, East, West, Keamari, Central and Malir — while the campaign was under way in the district Korangi.

 

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