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Naegleria deaths: desired chlorine level not maintained

Despite tall claims about taking effective measures to keep Naegleria fowleri in check, the civic agencies concerned still have to do a lot of work to save precious lives since a large quantity of water supplied to the city is still shockingly unhealthy and prone to assist the growth of ‘brain-eating’ amoeba,

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Naegleria deaths: desired chlorine level not maintained

Despite tall claims about taking effective measures to keep Naegleria fowleri in check, the civic agencies concerned still have to do a lot of work to save precious lives since a large quantity of water supplied to the city is still shockingly unhealthy and prone to assist the growth of ‘brain-eating’ amoeba

A focal group, including the provincial and metropolitan health departments, Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) and public health engineering department officials, has been working since May to collect and test samples of water being supplied to the city and take efficacious measures to improve its quality.

The focal group, which has been collecting and testing water samples, has so far worked as a reporting body. This is evident from the fact that the figures released by it at the end of July are strikingly similar to what Dawn had gotten a month earlier in June. The group’s tasks include keeping chlorine at the ‘desired level’ across the metropolis and this is yet to be achieved

Naegleria claimed two lives in May. The first death had prompted the authorities to set up the focal group while the other occurred after it was set up. The last death was reported on June 29 — the day when the focal group reported that the city’s 41 per cent had insufficient chlorine.