KARACHI: As per directive of Sindh Chief Minister, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation on Tuesday initiated a month long anti dengue and anti Congo virus campaign.
Addressing the inaugural session of the campaign KMC Administrator, Rauf Akhter Farooqui said 30 vehicles mounted with insecticides and anti viral sprays respectively would be engaged in fumigation across the city on daily basis.
This, he said would also be complemented with release of a special variety of mosquito eating fish “Guppi” in ponds, drains and stagnant water pools in different areas of Karachi.
The KMC administrator said eradication campaign against viral diseases would continue till elimination of the risk factors and that if needed the campaign may be extended for another one month’s time.
Farooqui also referred to the concern conveyed to him by the former president of the country and a bonafide Karachiite Asif Ali Zardari about the possible outbreak of different viral infections in the city with possible, yet severe, implications on public life.
The Administrator said that although KMC is faced with acute paucity of funds yet citizens’ well being and their health could not be ignored.
“Hence we have somehow managed to arrange needed funds with equal attention to come forward with a strategy through which long term objectives may be attained and the citizens may get rid of these diseases for good,” he said.
He said efforts were also being made to develop close coordination with all relevant departments enabling KMC to particularly focus on congested localities and slum areas.
“This does not mean that other areas may be overlooked,” said Farooqui reiterating that a special strategy has been evolved to cover all parks, open spaces, garbage dumps and drains etc.
KMC Administrator said he would personally supervise and monitor the campaign so that public confidence could be restored on the organization’s commitment.
He also mentioned that special ponds are being built on the premises of Safari Park, Zoological Gardens and Hill Park for breeding of Guppi fish.