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Malaria spreading rapidly in Khyber Agency’s Ali Masjid area

Malaria spreading rapidly in Khyber Agency’s Ali Masjid area
September 13, 2017

BARA, 13 September: The people of Ali Masjid area of Khyber Agency have said malaria is spreading rapidly in the area, while the Health Department has turned a blind eye towards the situation.

The local people said malaria is affecting people in every house in Ali Masjid. They said the Health Department did not take any step for controlling malaria this year due to which the disease is spreading rapidly.

Fareed Gul, a local resident, told TNN that they did not receive mosquito nets this year and no quality fumigation was carried out in the area. “The Health Department officials just conducted substandard fumigation of diesel as eyewash which did not kill mosquitos. There are five malaria patients in my house only. Same is the situation of other houses in our village,” he said.

Health Department Medical Officer Bin Yameen said 11,000 mosquito nets were distributed in the area last year, but these nets were not properly used by the residents. He said the people of the area are also careless about stagnant water everywhere in the area which caused rapid spread of malaria.

“Malaria ratio always remained higher in Ali Masjid. The area is situated on the bank of a stream which is one major reason of malaria outbreak. Stagnant water must be removed and people living near the stream must use mosquito nets to avoid malaria,” he told TNN.

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