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Dengue Outbreak: School assembly, PT sessions banned in Karachi schools

BY Faizan Ahmed Sep 18, 2022. 09:07 pm UPDATED: Sep 18, 2022. 09:07 pm

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An immediate ban on assemblies and physical training (PT) classes in schools was announced on Sunday by Karachi commissioner Muhammad Iqbal Memon in an effort to prevent the spike in dengue virus cases.

Memon also mentioned basic operating protocols that all schools, public or private, must adhere to, such as requiring kids to wear full sleeves.

Schools are expected to frequently fumigate their campuses with insecticides that prevent dengue and malaria.

As part of their obligation to inform faculty and students on the essential safeguards against diseases spread by mosquitoes, they must also host an information session on campus.

In an interview, Dr. Qaiser Sajjad, the general secretary of the Pakistan Medical Association, claimed that the government’s data on dengue incidence in Karachi were not accurate.

Many dengue victims are getting care from adjacent tiny clinics, he claimed.

The death toll announced by the government and the true number, he said, are different.

In the meantime, dengue wards are operational in provincial government hospitals, according to the Sindh Health Department.

In hospitals throughout Sindh, 722 beds have been designated for dengue patients, however 574 of those beds are currently empty, according to the report.

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140 dengue cases are being treated in government hospitals in Karachi, according to the health department.

According to the department, 2,469 persons in Karachi contracted dengue this month. 4,676 dengue cases were documented in the city throughout the course of the year, according to the report, which also noted that dengue caused 11 fatalities in Karachi this year.

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