KARACHI - The Karachi University has become the mosquito breeding place, as the registration of the confirmed malaria cases have become routine matter in the university’s clinic.

Dozens of malaria cases are being registered monthly in the campus of the university. The lethargic behaviour of Karachi University’s sanitation department towards cleanliness is a major cause behind the breeding of malaria mosquitoes in the pools of filthy stagnant water.

Teaching and non-teaching staff of the KU and their families living in the residential area of the varsity are the victims of malaria. Despite several complaints from the staff of the university to the authorities concerned, rainwater is still presenting the look of lake in various parts of the university.

Prof Faiyaz Vaid, a senior leader of Karachi University Teachers’ Society (KUTS), told TheNation that KUTS raised the issue of cleanliness in a meeting held recently at the KU Vice Chancellor Office between the teachers’ representatives and KU Vice Chancellor Muhammad Qaiser. He said that teachers are very concerned over the meagre sanitation conditions in the KU campus, which is causing mosquito breeding and diseases to the residents of the campus.

It is pertinent to mention here that KU Professor Dr Shakil Ouj lost his son due to dengue fever two years back but the department is still pathetic towards the issue and not wiling to eradicate mosquitoes from the university campus.

A non-teaching staffer, on a condition of anonymity, told TheNation dengue fever and malaria are real threat for our families, while children and old citizens are at higher risk. When KU Clinic Senior Health Officer was contacted by TheNation, he confirmed that the cases of malaria are being reported and said that these cases are of P.Vivax (PV), which is a kind of human malaria.

It is pertinent to mention here that PF and PV are the most common kinds in the country. PF is by far the most deadly type of malaria infection. Malaria transmission differs in intensity and regularity depending on local factors such as rainfall patterns, proximity of mosquito breeding sites and mosquito species.

ACTION SOUGHT AGAINST HR VIOLATIONS: Director Human Rights Department has directed officers and legal coordinators of the department to ensure improvement in standards of all human rights centers and also provide assistance to victims exposed to human rights violation. He was presiding over the meeting at his office on Saturday to review the measures taken to ensure human rights standards in the province.

He stressed district human rights officers and legal coordinators to file 15-day report, containing list of all complaints of violation of human rights, its subsequent actions and legal aid provided to victims.

He directed them to remain in touch with the cells established at offices of DIG and SSP of respective districts to ensure all concrete measures taken for provision of human rights in accordance with human rights department Sindh.

He specially directed to collect data related to violence on women and forced child labor. He directed manager Human Rights complaint centre and manager free legal aid to ensure the monitoring of all cells working for human rights across the province and provide first aid to victims on time.  He warned all office bearers that strict action would be taken against them if they were found negligent in their work.