Sindh without state-of-the-art lab to tackle rare diseases

October 10, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: There is no any state-of-the-art medical laboratory in Sindh province to diagnose rare infectious diseases like Congo-Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).

Renowned, Hematologist, Dr Saqib Hussain Ansari, while talking to PPI, said establishment of infectious diseases reference laboratory (IDRL) was necessary to cater to the needs of Sindh population.

He said infectious diagnosis labs would also help in surveillance, outbreak investigations, reference testing and research about infectious diseases.

He said although malaria, dengue, HIV and Hepatitis-C test facilities were available in major hospitals of the province but there was no any lab to prevent people from rare kind of infectious diseases. He said Congo test facility was available in private hospital but it was not enough to cater to the needs.

He said Sindh AIDS Control Program and Hepatitis Prevention & Control Program had best available facilities to diagnose HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis-C. He stressed the need for establishment of state-of-the-art infectious diseases labs in province to counter rare infectious diseases like Congo in future.

President, Pakistan Medical Association, Karachi Dr Idress Adhi, said unfortunately there was no proper medical facilities for 60 million population of Sindh province to tackle infectious diseases. He said threat of Congo and Ebola diseases were looming and there was dire need of labs to counter those issues in future.

He said poor people could not afford the Aga Khan Hospital charges, therefore, authorities concerned should establish labs in public hospitals for poor people.

Director, Health Services, Karachi Division, Dr Zafar Ejaz, when contacted, said there was no lab for infectious diseases in the province as only Aga Khan Hospital had such testing facility. “But the range of private lab is not enough to cater to the need of whole population of Sindh province,” he explained.

He said there was urgent need of establishment of infectious diseases labs in public hospitals to counter diseases in future at local level.

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