The Commissioner of Karachi has issued fresh Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the schools and colleges in the city following a recent spike in dengue and malaria cases. All public and private educational institutions in Karachi will suspend physical training and assembly sessions for a month.
Around 403 dengue cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in Karachi and surrounding areas, taking the total for the year to date to 4,352. In order to stop the spread of illnesses, students will also be required to wear full-sleeved shirts and educational institutions will be fumigated.
Karachi is experiencing a fever shortage following waterborne and mosquito-borne disease outbreaks due to the recent floods. Karachi has reported 4,352 out of 4,815 dengue cases reported in Sindh so far this year (2013-2014), according to the latest available figures.