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22,721 malaria cases reported in Sindh this year


KARACHI: As many as 22,721 malaria disease cases have been reported throughout the Sindh province in 2014. However official of Malaria Control Program Sindh termed situation under control throughout the province as no human death occurred from this disease so far. Senior official of Malaria Control Program Sindh, Muhammad Ismail Brohi, revealed these statistics while talking to PPI on Friday. He said around 572,137 people were screened in the province. He said a total of confirmed malaria cases in Sindh province reported from all the districts were22,721 from first January to June 2014. He said malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease and its outbreak takes place after rainfall due to which thousands of people get affected. He informed that peak season of malaria disease is post-monsoon which starts from 15 July and continues till mid November every year. He said: People suffer from four types of malaria in world but two types of malaria are more common in Pakistan. They are P-Vavix and P-Falciparum. He explained that majority of malaria cases were being reported from Khairpur, Tharparkar, Mirpurkhas and Thatta districts, while only 642 malaria cases were reported from Karachi city this year.  He said there are 520 microscopic centres in different parts province for treatment and screening of malaria patients, and 118 microscopists and 636 malaria supervisors are associated with the centre for screening and treatment of malaria patients. Ismail Brohi said data of malaria patients collected from diagnostic centers is shared to district level malaria officials in monthly meetings and later it is provided to Provincial Malaria Control Program. He said malaria prevalence situation is still not alarming in Sindh as all necessary arrangement were underway to tackle the situation. In 2013, approximately 58,500 malaria cases were reported across the province and 85,000 in 2012, said Malaria Control Program Sindh report. 

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