Karachi Central District responds to health crisis

CARACHI:

Last week’s torrential rains plagued the megacity’s infrastructure, much of which was never built to withstand such intense urban flooding. However, submerged streets and puddles of standing water mixed with Eid animal remains have also heightened the risk of various outbreaks in Karachi, which is already struggling to save its skin from a resurgence of Covid-19. .

Currently, a foul stench of blood and rotting flesh hangs over most parts of Karachi, especially near the dumps and dumps where Eidul Azha’s remains have been mercilessly hidden.

When it rains, the fumes from these sites darken the city, making breathing unbearable and opening the doors to various diseases.

In this regard, a medical camp has been set up in the New Karachi area, at the request of the Provincial Minister of Health and the Secretary of Health, as part of a crisis response effort to rescue the rain-affected areas of the central disease district.

Similar camps are also being set up in other parts of the city, following the weather service’s warning of more damaging rains this week.

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Apart from the medical camps set up in response to the rain, the central district has a total of eight health centers, one of which is a maternal and child health clinic.

For a population of more than 3,165,562 people, the Central District has 97 doctors, 200 paramedical staff and 350 health workers on duty.

According to the Central District Health Officer, Dr. Muzaffar Ortho, these medical camps are equipped with medicines for diarrhea and other stomach-related infections which are expected to see an upsurge this season.

According to the doctor, typhoid is another disease that can spread after monsoon periods in polluted areas. Apart from that, allergy sufferers, he warns, might also find it difficult to be in the open air, where there are various allergens. “If past monsoons are any indication, people in Karachi are at risk of falling ill over the next few weeks, if caution is not observed,” the doctor said.

“People are advised to try to stay home as much as they can and keep their surroundings clean, which includes not bringing outdoor shoes inside the house. People with allergies should take their precautionary medications and everyone should avoid eating street food, which is more than likely to be contaminated,” he added.

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