QoD: Is the City Govt doing enough to control Dengue Crisis

Dengue Fever has already claimed over 2000 officially reported deaths cases throughout our city. In your opinion has the city done enough to control this epidemic. What were the key mistakes, if any by the CDGK that you consider were detrimental in handling this outbreak.

29 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:21 am

    tm: 2000 deaths or 2000 cases??? what is ur source :|


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:27 am

    The toll was actually 1950 deaths reported as official. I think it appeared in one newspaper about 2/3 days back.


  3. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:30 am

    Shocking. Because the mortality rate of dhf is not so high. If the patient is taken care of, the mortality rate can be decreased to be 1 % . . absolutely shocking.

    Can you try to find out an exact figure, cos honestly 1950 sounds exaggeration to me.


  4. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:33 am

    hate to correct you doc, but the death toll was only 28 as of this morning. you’re mixing up the number of vhf cases (not all of which are necessarily dengue) with the dengue death toll.


  5. KhiTorPitt (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    Our govt. is doing enough to kill the innocent ppl, all govt. organization is busy accepting bribes, the cops are too busy looting public that they dont have time to stop the crime at the street, and yes the govt. officials must be doing enough to protect themselves from all virus, they must be using filtered water they will definitely have houses in good areas where they dont have to worry about the mosquitoes from the garbage then why they will worry about the poor ppl who are living in the poor locality areas.
    I would suggest the ppl of Khi to make their own committees in their areas and should have enough funds so that they can solve their own problems instead of relying on the govt.


  6. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:35 am

    the other vhf in karachi these days is rhino-something. similar symptoms, different ballgame.


  7. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:37 am

    Khitorpitt: do u reside in Karachi?


  8. naveed (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:50 am

    Controlling dengue is our own problem because it spreads by an in-house mosquito. Why drag the govt. when we cant kill our own mosquitoes.


  9. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:51 am

    Xill and FS

    I apologize – YES it was 2000 cases and not deaths – I have corrected the error.

    Thank you for catching that mistake


  10. Mansoor (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    Doc.. I have to agree with 28 deaths.. Had it been 2000.. The city would’ve been a ghost town!
    On the other hand.. I think the govt is doing quite a bit.. Since the death count is pretty much stable..


  11. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:56 am

    we forgive you :)


  12. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:57 am

    thats aite tm. 2000 deaths is an epidemic figure lol.

    Honestly, Dengue is not all that big of a problem. There are certain things one should take care of. Dengue exists even in the US. The media just needs something to play around with.

    Death is not certain for dhf patients. As I mentioned earlier, the mortality rate can be as low as 1 % if all the necessary steps are taken and the patient is well taken care of.


  13. Mansoor (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    I agree with illusion on the media hype..


  14. Akber Siddiqui (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 2:43 am

    Use a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus


  15. MB (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 7:25 am

    @TM
    The cases (reported officially) are 2750 now dear, out of which around 950 are dengue confirmed. Please make a correction.

    No the city has not done enough yet.

    The key mistakes were:-

    The delayed awakening of govt to admit it’s a serious issue.

    Not enough information to citizens on how to prevent it. After dengue was reported, gov. took 2 weeks to raise the alarm level and inform citizens. And the worst condition of gov hospitals.

    The good thing is, the city gov it seems does realize that if it stays sleeping its going to risk a serious health issue so its quite willing to take some steps. The city Nazim saying not only dengue but steps will be taken to make Karachi “machar paak” city.


  16. MB (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 7:37 am

    By the way KhiTorPitt isn’t far from reality


  17. Karachite (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 8:31 am

    @Mansoor
    Wow applause so what if so many people from underdeveloped areas died at the start of this plague due to unavailability of tests and ignorance. Human death just don’t matter ! Specially if the person belongs to a downtrodden area ! isn’t it ?
    @Naveed
    FYI these mosquitoes multiplied at a fast rate due to standing water throughout Karachi .. I wonder why there was stagnant water ‘standing’ on the roads!
    Oh yea! I remember filthy municipal drainage system not cleaned for darn many years.
    These mosquitoes than found shelter in our houses and overhead tanks!
    Year 2006 is not the only year there have been cases increasing gradually year by year but no precautionary measure was taken. The figures of total deaths or cases can not be known correctly as many hospitals private and public did not registered them or even took the task to report them to the officials.
    Its such a big metropolitan city and no such institute or organization to monitor environmental, medical (etc) chaos. Its always after a certain damage has been caused. Why aren’t we alert.
    Still what the city gov* is doing needs to be appreciated though I don’t understand how can the people be fooled into believing that the ratio is down maybe death ratio hopefully not the cases reported they stay the same with very little variation.
    @IllusionFS
    Yup media shows what goes on. Yeah damn rite you are dengue no big problem! Mosquitoes are! Let there be filth and garbage with no proper anti-insecticidal spray
    Lets just let people go sick and than take real good care of them!

    I Don’t get it where are you people from? WHO are you people ?


  18. Karachite (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    @Mansoor
    Wow applause so what if so many people from underdeveloped areas died at the start of this plague due to unavailability of tests and ignorance. Human death just don’t matter ! Specially if the person belongs to a downtrodden area ! isn’t it ?
    @Naveed
    FYI these mosquitoes multiplied at a fast rate due to standing water throughout Karachi .. I wonder why there was stagnant water ‘standing’ on the roads!
    Oh yea! I remember filthy municipal drainage system not cleaned for darn many years.
    These mosquitoes than found shelter in our houses and overhead tanks!
    Year 2006 is not the only year there have been cases increasing gradually year by year but no precautionary measure was taken. The figures of total deaths or cases can not be known correctly as many hospitals private and public did not registered them or even took the task to report them to the officials.
    Its such a big metropolitan city and no such institute or organization to monitor environmental, medical (etc) chaos. Its always after a certain damage has been caused. Why aren’t we alert.
    Still what the city gov* is doing needs to be appreciated though I don’t understand how can the people be fooled into believing that the ratio is down maybe death ratio hopefully not the cases reported they stay the same with very little variation.
    @IllusionFS
    Yup media shows what goes on. Yeah damn rite you are dengue no big problem! Mosquitoes are! Let there be filth and garbage with no proper anti-insecticidal spray
    Lets just let people go sick and than take real good care of them!
    I Don’t get it where are you people from? WHO are you people ?


  19. turab (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 10:12 am

    I remember when a much deadlier SARS hit toronto and there were deaths more than 30 for sure…. it took some time to control the deaths and ensure that SARS did not re surface again. I think our govt in Karachi is doing enough…. remember its a city of more than 16 million!!!


  20. IllusionFS (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    Karachite: Hello. Saanss to nahi phooli itni lambee speech day kar :P ? You know you are right. Actually its all governments fault. Firstly, they imported so many mosquitoes from Africa on a chartered plane in the name of the Nazim. Then they threw garbage on the roads (no no, it wasnt the ppl). Then they created artificial rain. Then, they stopped the people from investing in hospitals so that we could not have more hospitals. Then they distributed the mosquitoes in areas according to the mean incomes of the residents, higher the income lower the mosquitoes & vice versa. then they make the arrangements so that the water could be made stagnant on the roads.

    most important of all, they beat us all up and broke our arms & legs which prevented us from acting (from keeping our homes clean, from keeping our windows closed, from making sure there is no standing water around our house etc etc) . . . oh im glad they didnt cut our tongues, see we are still talking & complaining. lol

    Shehzaday, im sorry i am never so aggressive in my approach but ur comment just made me thinking abt the complaining nature of our society.

    Khudd kuch nahi karein gay, sab government hi karay

    Guys please stop complaining.


  21. mansoor (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

    karachite: my dear.. the time when deaths were happening daily was a time to be concerned… now, the deaths have pretty much stopped (thankfully)!

    illusion: YES! complaining doesnt matter! khud kachra nahi uthayein gay (apna bhee) aur govt. ko blame kardein


  22. Newb3e (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 2:47 pm

    bhai yeh nazim super hai
    not related to topic lakin I made a complain on his mobile no (its on city govt site) about my areas swearge problem after 5 mins i received 3 or 4 calls from them asking me about the problem and what you guys wont belive is problem 15 hrs may solve hogaya (i called at 8 pm) without bribing anyone super asa Pakistan may nahi howa meray sath.
    yeh admi machar bhi maray ga time do is ko
    :P


  23. Xill-e-Ilahi (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    lol @ “shehzaday..”.

    my mental picture of you suddenly aged by twenty odd years. that term is from the past generation, man. :)

    and let the guy huff and puff. thats the “karachiite” thing to do isn’t it? he’s from karachi. where are we from anyway?


  24. Rohail (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 2:54 pm

    @Naveed
    Controlling dengue is our own problem because it spreads by an in-house mosquito. Why drag the govt. when we cant kill our own mosquitoes.

    Come on we have had these pots and plants way before the monsoons and after a long time it has rained cats and dogs in karachi so we cant really say that aerial spraying/fumigation wont control, it surely will.

    This mosquito not only breeds indoors but in all those places where there is stagnant water this includes rain water even in tree holes.

    Steps need to be taken by every individual to educate others about prevention and control of this disease
    What we can do:
    1. Spray insecticides around our house Use mosquito coils spec during sunrise n sunset.
    2. If there are indoor plants either cover the pots or change the water frequently
    3. Wear a mosquito repellant whenever outdoors
    4. Educate the workers like maid servants, chowkidars etc about prevention of this disease tell them to cover stored water in their houses


  25. zahra (unregistered) on November 5th, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    @newbie: you don’t say….did that really happen??? totally UNPRECEDENTED! well, at least i’ve never heard of that kind of thing happening.

    ok: MOMENT OF TRUTH: FOR ONCE ON KMB, LET’S FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE KARACHI GOVT…..or not?!?


  26. Dee (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 12:21 am

    hmmmm prevention.May i know how much an insect repellent cost?.Also, its usually 34 -50 degrees in karachi during summer so there goes the *close the window* suggestion.Lack of proper sanitation system makes an excellant breeding ground for mosquitoes (you can blame govt or people or fate :).So what to do?
    Dee


  27. Newb3e (unregistered) on November 6th, 2006 @ 12:53 am

    yes it did happen and yes it was a surprise.
    I will call him on monday and request any one who picks up to let me talk to our mayor i want to thank him


  28. karachite (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

    @IllusionFS

    get some common sense first then some logical thinking then comment !!

    its people like you who comment without actually understanding what they read *tsk tsk*


  29. karachite (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    @Xill-e-Ilahi

    i’m not a he but a she :|



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