To combat the spread of dengue in the province, Sindh government has decided to conduct fumigation in the homes of all dengue patients as well as 20 additional homes in their immediate vicinity.

The plan was finalized at a meeting held on Thursday at the Sindh Secretariat, presided over by Sindh Chief Secretary Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput. The meeting was held to examine the province’s dengue outbreak response strategy.
To fight dengue, the Sindh government would hire additional epidemiologists and launch public awareness programmes. Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Administrator of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) said that fumigation would be carried out in locations where several dengue cases had been detected.

He stated that the KMC had used 30 vehicles to execute the anti-dengue spraying campaign in the city. He stated that the Sindh Health Care Commission’s services have been used to reduce the cost of dengue diagnostic testing. The committee resolved that health specialists from Punjab would be brought in to train doctors and other officials involved in Sindh’s dengue-control campaign.

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The meeting was informed that 4,031 cases of dengue fever had been found in the province since the beginning of the current year, with nine persons dying as a result of the viral disease. In 2021, the province reported 6373 dengue cases.

Dengue, a viral illness spread by the Aedes Egypti mosquito, is a potentially fatal disease with common symptoms being high-grade fever, body aches and eye pain.