KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has directed the concerned authorities to initiate a public awareness cum- prevention campaign against Congo virus in the city.
Chairing a meeting to discuss the threat to public health due to growing evidence of different viral infections, including Congo-Crimean fever, naegleria and dengue the Commissioner said focus of all concerned agencies should be towards prevention.
Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said with fast approaching festival of Eid- e- Qurban, it was necessary that cattle markets being established in the city are properly and regularly fumigated and necessary measures are adopted for screening of each and every animal reaching these markets.
The Commissioner also ordered that banners inscribed with necessary precautionary measures against Congo virus as well as dengue must also be prominently displayed in the main cattle markets and other large to mid sized markets so as to sensitise the traders as well as visitors to protect themselves and their cattle against the life threatening virus.
He said local butchers and all those handling meat, in one or the other form, must also be persuaded to necessarily use hand gloves and avoid direct contact with the blood and other secretion.
“We must not create unnecessary scare and be sure to communicate that human consumption of properly cooked meat is not dangerous,” said the Commissioner.
On the occasion he also designated Dr. Shakil Mullick as the focal person for CCF, Dengue Fever and Naegleria Prevention Programme.
Director, Health and Medical Services, Dr. Salma Kauser told the meeting that KMC had collected 18000 water samples from different parts of the city and found 6000 to be infected with all chances to cause naegleria.
A representative of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) said the board during recent past has extensively chlorinated the water supplied to the citizens with equal attention towards chlorine boosting at 11 sites identified to be high risk.
Karachi Commissioner directed him to expand the boosting exercise as reports are frequently appearing from different residential areas from across the city about questionable quality of water being supplied to them.
The meeting among others was also attended by Director, Municipal Services, Nauman Arshad, Additional Deputy Commissioners from different districts and representatives of cantonment boards functional in the city.