Pakistan

Karachi battling Dengue

Hospitals in the metropolis have been flooded with dengue patients after a spate of new cases was triggered by the torrential rains during monsoon season, and the sound of mosquitoes has become a source of widespread fear among the local populace

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is the most common cause of hospitalization among those with symptoms such as fever, aches, pains, and rashes.

The Sindh Health Department reports that 3,667 cases of dengue were documented so far in 2018. The city of Karachi alone has seen 3,273. Concerns have been elevated in September due to the emergence of at least 115 new cases of the vector-borne illness on a single day.

The city’s drainage and sewerage system was overwhelmed by the strong and protracted monsoon rains, and it eventually failed, flooding streets, roads, and whole neighborhoods with putrid sewage-mixed slush and turning them into mosquito breeding grounds, as reported by health experts. Malaria and dengue fever are only two ailments these insects are spreading across the city.

Residents claim that municipal officials have not taken action to reduce the mosquito population in the city’s most at-risk regions, such as fumigation or spraying pesticides. Karachi residents are now taking all precautions possible to ward off the disease spreaders.

An epidemic of mosquito- and water-borne infections has led to a surge in demand for over-the-counter pain medications like Panadol. Panadol used to cost Rs340 for a pack of 20 strips. But today, you can hardly find a pharmacy in the city that supplies it, and the few that do charge as much as Rs700 for the same box of Panadol they used to sell for Rs50.

With a worldwide decline in fresh coronavirus infections, the WHO predicts the end of the global pandemic is soon. The devastating virus is decreasing in both the United States and Pakistan. Unlike the coronavirus, which mainly avoided infecting young children, dengue strikes without discrimination.

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