Infectious Diseases on the Rise in Karachi Due to Poor Waste Management

Infectious diseases have been on the rise in Karachi, especially in the last couple of days. According to health experts and physicians, the city could face an outbreak of deadly diseases in the days to come. These include rising stomach, chest infection and throat infection.

While talking to a news channel, Dr. Qiaser Sajjad, secretary of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and a renowned ENT specialist said,

Karachi is on the verge of an environmental catastrophe due to the dumping of organic matter on roads, which contains millions of types of bacteria and they are multiplying due to favorable conditions in the city. These pathogens are causing all kinds of infectious diseases from skin allergies and infections to stomach ailments, throat and chest infections, as well as problems of eyes.

Other experts which included various dermatologists, gastroenterologists and ophthalmologists blamed the extremely unhygienic environment of the city and urged the government to remedy this issue. They further warned the authorities to be ready for deadly outbreaks that can wreak havoc throughout the city.

“The entire city is stinking as if we are living in a huge garbage dump full of filth and rotten organic matter. This is due to the decomposition of organic matter as well as the burning of garbage within the city limits, which is producing and multiplying all kinds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These pathogens can cause a serious health issue for millions of Karachiites,” Dr. Sajjad warned.

He added that a lot of people showed up at the hospitals for various asthma, throat and nasal allergies, however, the vast majority of the city was unaware of the severity of the situation.

Breeding Grounds for the Bacteria

The experts complained that after Eid-ul-Adha, every corner of Karachi was filled with decayed intestines and blood of the sacrificial animal, which has made the city ‘the perfect breeding ground’ for bacteria. Dr. Shahana Urooj Kazmi, a microbiologist while talking to The News said,

The enteric tract of animals contains the highest number of bacteria and other pathogens and when they are left open they provide excellent breeding places for bacteria and other pathogens. These pathogens are getting airborne and causing all kinds of infectious diseases to humans and animals, which are passing these infections to others.

Dr.Shahana expressed her concern by highlighting the fact that pathogens not only contaminated the air but were also polluting water sources.

Gastroenteritis cases

Experts complained that stomach diseases were on the rise after the recent Eid-ul-Adha as well. “Diarrhea and gastroenteritis cases have been on the rise for last few days due to contaminated water and infected food, especially areas of low socio-economic group people. We are advising people to improve hygienic conditions around their living places, use clean and boiled water for drinking and eat home-cooked food,” said Dr. Shahid Ahmed, a senior gastroenterologist.

Eye Infections

Similarly, various eye diseases such as pink eye or eye inflammation were also on the rise due to the unhygienic environment. Dr. Abdul Qadir, an ophthalmologist, had this to say:

I have seen several cases of conjunctivitis during the last couple of days and the probable reason is the growing environmental pollution caused by extremely worst hygienic conditions in the city. I would advise people to take precautionary measures, especially children and elderly who are at a greater risk of catching these eye infections

The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency said that they were not responsible for this mess, as the responsibility of this lied in the hands of municipal authorities and the mayor of the city. The recently appointed Director General of Sepa, Muhammad Saleem Raza said,

Deterioration of environment due to lack of cleanliness is the responsibility of the mayor and DMCs and we cannot be held responsible for that.

via TheNews


  • PM Imran khan se request hai k Karachi ko Zaleel mayor se nijaat dilla dein! jo ke shayad Beghairati ka record toorna chahta hai! Khud to wo gund hi hai, poora karachi bhi gund se bhar deya!

  • Dr. Qaiser Sajjad PMA your concern and press release is not enough. I think its time everyone in his capacity be a doer, and make things happen. Pathogens cause infectious diseases from skin allergies, infectious diseases are creating havoc. PMA doctor Sahiban should come out from their cubicles and on air on TV, Radio, and practically all forums of WHO which is equally concerned from the serious conditions prevailing in Karachi. The Muncipal services should also be in the loop. Level of polluttion in Karachi is the worst on earth. The WHO reccomendations for Karachi is to seriously look for remedy from pollution, automobiles, cars, motor cycles, ricksaws emissions are most severe which is emitting white smoke means vapourising lube oil from the exhaust tail pipe, in view of the obsolete technology in rickshaws, motor cycles. Their reccomendation is public transport should be the first priority on the road, and bicycles can only help overcome pollution. The authorities are struggling on fuel prices. I would say if they want to reduce pollution they should increase gasoline prices for cars, moor cycles, rickshaws. Buses should be Electric as they do not emit any smoke, and can be charged with electric power socket.

  • lagta hey koi khalai makhlooq ki zarorat hey karachi mein, jo akar safai karey gi… yahan key log bhi behis ho gaye hein jo avaz nahin utha tey…. gharoon ka kachra uthaney waley wo kachrahey unhi ki galion/parkon mein daal deytey hein aur us ko sorting karkey sirf kaam ki cheezein bhech deytey heyn…

    #CleanKarachi sirf eik khawab

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