- KWSB requested to chlorinate water as Naegleria fowleri kills two individuals over weekend
- Naegleria is a brain-eating amoeba. It lives in freshwater.
- The 2021 loss of life toll brought on by Naegleria mounts to 5 in Karachi.
KARACHI: The district well being officers in Karachi have been suggested to work with the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board to make sure chlorination of water as town reported two deaths from brain-eating bug Naegleria within the final two days.
Naegleria fowleri is present in freshwater.
The workplace of the director well being, Karachi, Dr Akram Sultan, has issued an advisory for the prevention of main amoebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) brought on by Naegleria fowleri, The News reported.
Learn extra: Karachi stories fourth loss of life of 2021 from Naegleria
To this point this yr, six individuals have misplaced their lives attributable to PAM in Karachi, of which 5 have been residents of town whereas one belonged to the Lasbela district of Balochistan.
The most recent sufferer was a 19-year-old who had gone for a picnic to a farmhouse in Malir together with his mates, mentioned well being officers, including that the younger man was probably contaminated with Naegleria after utilizing the pool on the farmhouse.
DHOs and medical superintendents of main well being amenities have been advised to launch a direct consciousness marketing campaign for the general public and medical and paramedical workers of well being amenities.
“There is a need to assess the level of chlorination in all major water reservoirs in the city, while cleanliness must be maintained at all the reservoirs in the city. Water tanker service providers should be asked to ensure provision of chlorinated water to the people.”
What’s Naegleria and what can we do?
Medical doctors and well being specialists say Naegleria often enters the mind and assaults the nervous system when contaminated water is ingested via the nasal cavity whereas bathing, swimming or performing ablution.
The lethal amoeba survives on micro organism in heat waters and might solely be decimated via correct chlorination or boiling of water.
Well being specialists advise individuals to get their underground and overhead water tanks cleaned earlier than summer season begins yearly and use chlorine tablets to routinely purify the water.