Sindh is experiencing a worrying resurgence of malaria, with more than 269,000 cases reported in recent days.
The most affected areas are Hyderabad Division (132,000+ cases), Mirpur Khas (66,000+ cases), Larkana (48,000+ cases), Sukkur (11,000+ cases), Benazirabad (5,000+ cases), and Karachi (2,000+ cases).
On the other hand, the Sindh government has not taken any concrete measures to address this widespread disease. The province’s residents have urged government officials to take action before it is too late.
Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease, has an extensive global footprint, affecting millions annually.
Global statistics stress the severity, with estimates suggesting between 350 to 500 million infections and 1 to 3 million deaths each year. The disease is mostly prevalent in poverty-stricken areas.
In addition to the alarming rise in malaria, dengue fever is spreading quickly, particularly in Rawalpindi. The surge of this disease has prompted Punjab’s health officials and local authorities to heighten their vigilance.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has flagged the potential rise in malaria and dengue cases in Pakistan.