By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Nearly 2,000 dengue fever cases were reported across Sindh, out of which 1650 were detected from Karachi, while dengue claimed four lives so far in 2016. The Health Department, Government of Sindh was still reluctant to approve a summery sent by Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh for recruitment of staff to run the program affairs effectively and efficiently despite the lapse of several months. The provincial health department had established a temporary ‘Dengue Surveillance Cell’ at Civil Hospital Karachi in 2005 and later, up-graded it to Prevention and Control Program for Dengue in Sindh, but hiring of staff could not started yet to run the affairs of the program smoothly. The Sindh government had approved the PC-1 of program for three years (2016 to 2018) in March 2016 and program management had been given a task to control prevalence of dengue in the city. The recruitment of an Additional Program Manager, Deputy Program Managers, Entomologist, Environment Specialist, five Social Mobilizers, 30 Field Workers, 10 drivers and other staff could not be ensured yet not the authorities concerned were reluctant to approve summery.