NIH issues alert, CCHF, dengue, gastro among main threats

March 18, 2014 Off By Web Desk

LARKANA: The National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, has issued 29th Seasonal Awareness & Alert Letter (SAAL) for epidemic prone infectious diseases in Pakistan.

NIH Executive Director, Dr. Birjees Mazher Kazi, in a circular letter sent to all concerned in the country, 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, Leishmaniasis, and Gastroenteritis (Acute) as well as the vaccine preventable childhood diseases like Measles, Pertussis and Poliomyelitis and also the likely occurrence of Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis (PAM) cases.

Dr. Kazi further added that moreover, strict epidemiological vigilance also needs to be exercised nationally for the prevention and control of indigenous infections with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Corona Virus (reported in Arabian Peninsula), and influenza-A H7N9 & H10N8 (circulating in China).

The NIH Executive Director further emphasized that the emergence and outbreak potential of various communicable/infectious diseases has direct relationship with weather/temperature changes and added that SAAL is regularly published and widely disseminated to all stakeholders by the NIH based on the analysis of the most recent disease data sources available in the country.

Dr. Kazi further said that in order to keep track of the situation, the relevant health departments and other stakeholders are requested to keep this institute updated on the public health measures being initiated in respective areas along with timely notification of associated alerts and outbreaks.