Karachi needs distribution of free chlorination tablets


Karachi: With a sharp rise of naegleria fowleri deaths, so far six this year, in Karachi and the reports that majority of the samples of potable water collected from different areas of the city did not have proper level of chlorination,  it is urgently needed that the health department and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) should arrange free distribution of chlorination tablets in the city, especially its slum areas. Due to heightened levels of bad governance in public health and municipal related departments, Karachi besides dengue, malaria and typhoid threat is also facing a serious threat of naegleria fowleri. Naegleria is an ameba (single-celled living organism) commonly found in warm freshwater (for example, lakes, rivers, and hot springs) and soil. Only one species (type) ofnaegleriainfects people: naegleria fowleri. It causes primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a rare, rapidly fatal disease with sudden onset of headache, fever, stiff neck, lethargy, and coma in otherwise healthy people. Early, aggressive treatment with amphotericin B and miconazole may be effective, but almost all patients die. Naegleria fowleri has caused deaths associated with using disinfected public drinking water supplies in Pakistan.It naegleria is suspected to be in a municipal drinking water system, the water utility may raise disinfectant levels. 

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