QUETTA    -   The number of vector-borne dis­ease, malaria is increasing sharply in the flood-hit districts of Balochistan. 

As per sources, five flood-hit dis­tricts of Balochistan including, Suh­batpur, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Jhal Magsi and Dera Bugti have reported as many as 3,131 malaria cases.

The report say during the last 14 days as many as 37,224 malaria cases have been registered in the aforesaid districts of Balochistan. The current positivity ratio for the vector-borne disease is recorded at 49 percent in the province.

Out of total of 37,224 cases, the number of children aged under five years is 6,237 and 31,223 cases are of people aged over five years in Balochistan, the sources said. Sepa­rately, as many as 12 flood-hit dis­tricts had been declared ‘sensitive’ for malaria as per sources.