KARACHI: The cities of Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Saddar and North Nazimabad have so far reported the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Karachi, which together with Sukkur constitute the majority of corona virus cases in Sindh.
Hypertension and diabetes are found to be the most common underlying health conditions in patients who die. Most of them are between the 60-69 (37pc) age group and the 70-79 (26pc) age group.
This analysis is part of a report prepared by the Provincial and Regional Disease Control and Response Unit working under the Directorate General of Health Services, Sindh.
According to the report, surveillance of Covid-19 began as soon as the health department received a report from Aga Khan University Hospital about suspected coronavirus patients.
This report is based on data collected from various hospitals and laboratories in Sindh from 26 February to 9 April, which indicates that a total of 1,060 Covid-19 cases were identified with 20 deaths.
Hypertension and diabetes are found to be the most common underlying health conditions in patients
Covid-19 breakdown by district shows the highest number of cases in Sukkur (272) followed by Karachi East (178), Hyderabad (147), Karachi Central (141), Karachi South (111), Karachi West (50), Malir (48) and Larkana (13).
A total of 604 cases were reported in the Karachi division followed by the Sukkur division (275), Hyderabad (153) and 14 cases respectively in Shaheed Benazirabad and Larkana.
Details of city cases in Karachi show that coronaviruses have affected all cities with the highest number of cases reported from Gulshan-i-Iqbal (127 cases) followed by Saddar (109) covering DHA and Clifton, North Nazimabad (65), Malir (41) , Jamshed City (42), North Karachi (30), Orangi City (28), Gulberg (22), Lyari (15), Liaquatabad (14), Shah Faisal (9), Keamari (8) and Korangi (4).
The City of Landhi and SITE reported seven cases each, while the cities of Baldia and Gadap reported each of the two cases.
Data shows that while the majority of cases were reported among the age group 20-29 years (21 pc) followed by the 30-39 year age group (19 pc), people in the age of 70 years and over are the most severely affected. . 60-69 years old.
Time distribution of cases shows that the highest number of cases (21 percent) were reported on March 16 and March 30 (15 percent). This data reflects the detection of coronavirus cases among Zaireen [pilgrims], which is kept at the Sukkur facility, and is a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat in Hyderabad.
Gender analysis shows that 70pc of patients are male while 30pc is female.
The Covid-19 transmission pattern, according to the report, shows that a large number of cases have a travel history (54pc) while the rest have local transmissions with known and unknown sources, he said.
“This report highlights priority areas that need more focus in order to deal effectively with Covid-19; the elderly population and high-risk cities, “said Dr. Asif Ali Syed, provincial technical support officer from the Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), who provided technical assistance in data collection and compilation of reports.
The data continues to be updated as more and more cases are identified, he added.
Published in Fajar, April 11, 2020
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