Alert for spread of seasonal diseasesNovember 19, 2013
Ratodero, Sindh: The National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, has issued a seasonal awareness and alert letter for Epidemic Prone Infectious Diseases in Pakistan in which it has said that the emergence & outbreak potential of various communicable/infectious diseases has a direct relationship with weather/temperature changes.
The letter further said that the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders need to take pre-emptive measures against communicable diseases put on “High Alert” including CCHF, Dengue Fever, Influenza-A H1N1 (Seasonal) and H5N1 as well as the vaccine preventable childhood diseases like Diphtheria, Measles, Pertussis and Poliomyelitis.
The letter further added that joint efforts for the prevention and control of Human Infections with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Corona Virus reported in Arabian Peninsula also need to be undertaken.
To facilitate them in the stated task, the requisite technical guidelines and awareness material have been made available at the NIH website, letter added.
It further suggested to keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.