By Suleman Hashim 

While talking to PakVoices, Abdul Latif Baloch, medical superintendent Gwadar District headquarters hospital has confirmed that 600 patients affected by chikungunya have been admitted to the hospital.

He added that in the whole district, there are around 1600 people affected by the disease. He said that he has approached the Balochistan ministry of health for providing the medicines and treatment for chikungunya.

According to Dr. Baloch, chikungunya and dengue virus have close similarities. Its symptoms include high fever, joint pain, especially in the knee caps. Like dengue, mosquitos are the carrier of this disease.

A patient told PakVoices that he is unable to walk or move since he contracted the disease. According to the hospital sources, Chikungunya became viral in Gwadar in last 2 months.

According to public health specialists, flawed sewerage system and garbage in Gwadar port city are mainly causing the spread of Chikungunya. They emphasized on keeping the city clean and clearing the stagnant water. Sources revealed that the local government has not sprayed anti-mosquitoes spray in the city, resulting in a surge in mosquito-borne diseases.

Due to increasing number of patients, hospitals are discharging patients after giving panadol tablet and energy drips. Patients are also complaining that the government hospitals have failed to provide the medicines to them.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently announced to extend the 50 beds hospital into 500 beds but the work has not yet started.

Local NGOs are running an awareness campaign about chikungunya in the city.

Suleiman Hashim is working with PakVoices as a citizen journalist from Gwadar.

Translated by Muhammad Arsalan

Edited by Hasan Khan