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    Health department is making efforts on war footing to overcome the leishmania outbreak in the province

    Chitral Times Report


    Peshawar:Secretary Health Dr. Farooq Jameel said on Friday that health department is making efforts on war footing to overcome the leishmania outbreak in the province including merged districts and for the purpose all available resources will be utilized.

    During hisbriefing here at Health Secretariat Peshawar, the secretary health said that health minister Dr. Hisham Inamullah Khan had taken serious notice of the outbreak and directed to take steps for prevention of the ailment in the province. He said the disease is spread by the bite of certain type of sand flyleaving the patients with skin lesions and scar on the body of the victim. The disease spread during months of December, January and February.

    Public health Director Dr. Shaheen Afridi, Directorate of tribal districts Director, Dr. Kaleem, HSRU Chief Shahid Younis, media coordinator health department Daniyal Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion.

    Addressing the occasion secretary health Dr. Farooq Jameel said approximate 21000 cases of leishmania were reported out of which most of the cases reported in tribal districts with Khyber reporting 9378 number of cases, Mohmand 5373, Bajaur 2802 and Karak 1017. Dr. Farooq said that medical teams were sent to treat the patients in far-flung areas under the guidelines of WHO while campaign had also been launched in affected areas to aware the masses to adopt precautionary measures.Dr. Farooq Jameel said that under a MOU, they will be able to get 1100 vials for treatment and these will be made available within next few days, however up till now patients are being treated with local medicines and injections.

    Dr. Farooq said that all district health officers of the province were directed to ensure Dermatologists and nurses 24 hours in DHQs while with the cooperation of Pak Army, patients are being treated in district Bajaur. Responding to a question, Secretary Health Dr. Farooq said that the ailment exists since long and this disease was spread by Afghan Refugees in the region. He said that anti-leishmania injections and medicines can be stored for a specific period, thus these have to be supplied whenever needed. He said there is always fear of misuse of these medicines.

    To treat the patients special centers have been setup in different parts of the province and merged areas including Peshawar where victims are being treated.Secretary Health said that medical officers were trained to treat the patients in affected areas. He told that he personally visited district Khyber to review the situations in district Khyber and ensure treatment to patients adding that leishmania cases even occur in other Asian and African countries of the world.


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