KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed has underlined the need for creating awareness of precautionary measures in the public about deadly naegleria infection.
The Minister, presiding over a meeting regarding naegleria at his office here on Wednesday, urged the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) to ensure the availability of the required quantity of chlorine in water supplied to the city to control the incidents of this water-borne infection.
The Minister said that several meetings have been held with the KWSB officials in this regard, and the KWSB and the health department are making joint efforts to ensure the mixing of required quantity of chlorine in water where it is needed.
He expressed concern over nine deaths due to naegleria this year and stressed the need for creating public awareness about the infection.
Dr Saghir said that eight of the deceased belonged to Karachi and another one from Mirpurkhas.
He said that especially boiled water should be used for ablution to prevent naegleria.
The Minister further said a coordinated campaign should be launched to prevent naegleria cases, adding that the role of media in this regard will be very important.
He directed the Secretary Health and the Special Secretary Health to hold a meeting with all the town health officers of the city and take measures to create public awareness about naegleria.
Secretary Health Iqbal Durrani, Special Secretary Health Dr Khalid Shaikh and Additional Secretary Dr Aslam Pechoho attended the meeting.