–Sources claim Sindh govt is not supplying insecticides to KMC
KARACHI: The municipal services of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) failed to launch the fumigation campaign in Karachi despite the fact that the dengue and malaria cases are rising in different areas of the metropolitan.
The anti-dengue and malaria fumigation drive could not kick off yet despite the lapse of six months, putting lives of citizens at stake in Karachi.
The dengue larva breeding has rapidly increased due to poor sanitation conditions in the city, as no concrete step has been taken yet to control the prevalence of dengue, malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Sources told PPI that KMC has been unable to launch anti-dengue fumigation campaign due to non-supply of insecticide from the Sindh government.
They informed that staff, vehicles, and machinery were available, but the Sindh government was not supplying insecticide chemicals to KMC’s Municipal Services Department for the last two and half years.
They further informed that Sindh Malaria Control Program was bound to purchase insecticide chemicals and distribute amongst districts of Sindh province as per demand, but the program management had not been providing insecticide chemical to KMC.
Although, Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh(PCPD) is conducting fumigation in selective areas of Karachi after reporting of dengue cases, but the authorities concerned of KMC are unable to start fumigation drive throughout the city to control the prevalence of mosquito-borne diseases.
The peak season of dengue is about to start in the city and will continue till December.
The major sites of dengue are nurseries, graveyards, lakes, ponds, swimming pools, tyre shops, water pumping stations, hydrants, construction cities, waste, and garbage dumping areas.