Karachi: As many as 44,731 malaria cases were detected across Sindh in 2015. However, no loss of life due to the disease was reported from any part of the province.
According to the data compiled by Malaria Control Programme, Sindh, in all 44,731 malaria cases were reported across the province in 2015 and of them 216 were detected in Hyderabad, 472 (Tando Allahyar), 894 (Matiari), 229 (Tando Muhammad Khan), 1,537 (Badin), 9,150 (Khairpur), 2,413 (Shaheed Benazirabad), 2,444 (Naushro Feroze), 3,225 (Mirpurkhas), 1,185 (Umerkot) and 1,357 (Tharparkar), 835 (Sanghar), 1,053 (Sukkur), 1,553 (Shikarpur), 1,852 (Ghotki), 1,686 (Jacobabad), 1,338 (Kashmore), 3,041 (Larkana), 1,491 (Kamber), 1,221 (Dadu), 514 (Jamshoro), 1,667 (Karachi), 4,537 (Thatta) and 821 from Sujawal. Sindh Malaria Control Programme’s director Dr Naheed Jamali said malaria is a mosquito-borne disease and its outbreak occur after monsoon rains due to which thousands of people fall sick every year. She said malaria cases are common in rural areas as compared to urban Sindh, while dengue cases are generally reported from urban areas.
She said 1,667 malaria cases were detected in Karachi in 2015 at microscopic centres set up at Karachi for treatment of malaria patients.
She said that 511 microscopic centers are functioning in Sindh where malaria patients are treated free of cost, while malaria diagnostic centres are also operative in various parts of the province.
She said that Sindh Malaria Control Programme has also been activated in Tharparkar district.