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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pakistan : Deadly malaria is on rise, says minister

Article from Daily Times :

" KARACHI: Malaria is a deadly disease and if it is not treated on a timely fashion, then it becomes difficult to save the patient through medication, Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said this while addressing a seminar on International Malaria Day at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital here on Monday.

The minister said both malaria and dengue caused by mosquitoes, adding that number of dengue patients rose sharply last year due to floods. Ahmed informed that as the mercury rises in the coming months, there would be a surge in dengue patients. Commenting on last year’s flood, he said though the death toll of children did not touch the number feared by international institutions, however, the disease affected the children badly in the aftermaths of flood.

Ahmed informed that the dengue surveillance cell had been made active since April 16, where dengue test were being carried out besides providing platelets to the patients.

The minister said the Sindh Health Department was facing shortage of funds but still the department carried out fumigation campaign in all areas. Later talking to the media in response to a question about devolution, Ahmed reiterated that all departments should be devolved to provinces along with their respective budgets pursuant to the decision of the parliament."

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