PESHAWAR: The instances of Congo fever are on the rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as one of many 4 sufferers admitted to Hayatabad Medical Advanced (HMC) Peshawar died of the illness.
The well being division has requested the related officers in all of the districts of the province to ship specimens from the suspected sufferers to the general public well being reference laboratory at Khyber Medical College.
The well being specialists have warned the individuals in opposition to coming into shut contact with animals at cattle markets or throughout sacrificial rituals on Eidul Azha. They’ve requested for polymerase chain response (PCR) checks on the district hospitals for rapid prognosis as well being services have began receiving sufferers contaminated with Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).
“CCHF is normally transmitted by ticks and thru contact with contaminated animal through blood. Final 12 months, a Class-IV worker died when he got here into contact with an contaminated affected person at one of many medical instructing establishments. Bites by ticks trigger the an infection,” mentioned a senior doctor.
Well being dept directs district officers to ship specimen to KMU lab for take a look at
The medical doctors at Hayatabad Medical Advanced admitted 4 Congo fever sufferers. Two of the sufferers had been confirmed whereas the others had been being investigated when certainly one of them breathed his final.
“The instances of Congo virus are on the rise as at present 4 sufferers are under-treatment at one of many medical wards solely. Two of the sufferers might afford the Congo PCR from Aga Khan College and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Most cancers Hospital and Reaserch Centre that cost Rs15,000 and Rs13,000, respectively, for the checks,” a doctor informed Daybreak few hours in the past the dying of one of many sufferers.
On Wednesday, the staffers of the hospital had been gathering contributions to conduct PCR checks of the opposite two sufferers however a workforce from directorate-general of well being providers (DGHS), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, visited the hospital and knowledgeable them that the investigations might be carried out freed from value at public well being reference laboratory of Khyber Medical College.
“We’re additionally issuing a round to ask all of the hospitals all through the province to dispatch specimens from the suspected sufferers to the KMU,” a senior official at DGHS informed Daybreak.
The KMU laboratory can be conducting PCR checks to diagnose not solely Congo but in addition cholera, typhoid, dengue and Covid-19. “The PHRL is receiving 4 to 5 samples per day. We’ve knowledgeable the medical superintendents of district headquarters hospitals and administrators of the medical instructing establishments to ship samples to PHRL,” mentioned the official.
Physicians on the hospitals need the well being division to make sure that the checks are carried out on the district degree hospitals. “Throughout Covid-19, the well being division established 17 PCR laboratories in as many districts, subsequently, these needs to be used for Congo checks additionally. It’s going to take for much longer for the districts to ship samples to Peshawar and anticipate outcomes,” a senior doctor mentioned.
Officers, nevertheless, mentioned that it required specialised employees, at present out there solely in PHRL, to conduct Congo PCR checks.
The doctor mentioned that every medical instructing establishment had the machine to conduct PCR checks for Covid-19. He added that KMU solely wanted to buy the probe to make that potential.
“If we can not management the illness, it least we will help these, that suffer from it, by providing to them a take a look at, which is past affordability of individuals within the present financial hardship. The illness can transmit from one contaminated human to a different by contact with infectious blood or physique fluids. The sufferers require supportive remedy, anti-viral medicine and upkeep of fluids degree of their our bodies,” he mentioned.
The well being skilled mentioned that authorities wanted to direct the related division to make sure that the individuals didn’t come into contact with animals and keep protected from the illness, which had about 40laptop mortality.
In regular days, solely the skilled individuals, comparable to butchers and cleaners on the slaughter home danger the Congo fever however now the danger is excessive as persons are visiting cattle markets to purchase sacrificial animals for Eidul Azha.
“Folks use to roam with sacrificial animal earlier than Eid within the streets and on Eid day. It’s thought-about a non secular obligation to the touch the animal, which endangers their lives,” mentioned the doctor.
Printed in Daybreak, June 23rd, 2022