Half-innings, outdoor activities curtailed for a month as Sindh releases dengue fever standard operating procedures for schools in Karachi – Pakistan

The Sindh government has ordered public and private educational institutions in Karachi to suspend physical training and assembly for a month as part of new standard operating procedures (SOPs) following the dengue fever outbreak to prevent the spread of the disease, he revealed on Sunday.

According to an administrative order issued by the city’s deputy commissioner on Friday, a copy of which is available with Dawn.comall educational institutions have been asked to follow the new SOPs in “letter and spirit” for one month and until further notice.

The following instructions have been issued as part of the new SOPs:

  • Students must wear long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • One hundred percent inspection of containers inside the premises to avoid water accumulation for a long time
  • Ensure cleanliness and proper management of solid waste
  • Ensure regular spraying in institutional premises to prevent the spread of dengue fever and malaria
  • Clean water tanks so that they are properly covered and eliminate sources of water accumulation
  • Ensure access to mosquito repellents for students and staff
  • Prevent water stagnation in and around institutional premises
  • Cover items that may possibly store water
  • Organize awareness sessions on safety measures to prevent dengue fever and malaria
  • Contact the district administration for curative measures in case of finding dengue fever larvae

Meanwhile, Sindh health department data showed 386 dengue fever cases were reported in the province in the 24 hours to Sunday, with the bulk of infections reported in Karachi division – 349.

In the rest of Sindh, 28 cases have been reported from Hyderabad division, five from Mirpurkhas division, two from Shaheed Benazirabad division and one each from Larkana and Sukkur divisions.

The Karachi division also topped the province’s case count of 3,020 cases reported in September with 2,818 cases.