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Current cold spell causing viral infections among citizens: physician

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Current cold spell causing viral infections among citizens: physician

ISLAMABAD: Medical expert Thursday said with the mercury dips in many parts of the country, the number of people suffering from respiratory diseases was steadily rising specially kids, suggested citizens get vaccinated against the seasonal flu.

Senior Physician Dr Zain Shahbaz said, several citizens, including children, have complained of ailments such as the flu, fever and nausea which are on the rise due to freezing cold.

“We are receiving too many cases with flu-like symptoms and they are mainly related to the cold weather. Around 40 to 50 patients per day come in with flu-like illness. The high-risk patients include children, pregnant women and the elderly.”

He said that simple precautions, such as properly washing one’s hands and covering the face while coughing or sneezing, can reduce the spread of such infections.

He said that since the early onset of winter, people must take care to stay warm in order to avoid the cold, the flu and dry skin, which are all symptoms of respiratory ailments.

He stressing on cleanliness said the children must be enforced to wash their hands every time while going to a toilet and coming back home after a playing activity outside.

He also advised health departments to launch a public awareness campaign in this regard.

He said that common cold and flu in children should not be taken lightly as these might lead to lower respiratory tract infections including pneumonia.

Dr Zain explained that a cold and the flu have many of the same symptoms. But a cold is generally mild, while the flu tends to be more severe. Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke.

Drink plenty of fluids, at least eight to 10 glasses of water and fruit juices preferably orange juice. Fluids ill help loosen mucus. Drink hot tea or water with lemon and honey.

Avoid close contact with people who have a cold. Wash your hands after touching someone who has a cold, even when shaking hands, after touching an object they have touched like doorknobs and after blowing your nose, he mentioned.

Rising level of pollution is also a major reason behind the increasing number of patients, Dr Zain said.
He said that children in schools are more prone to catching the virus and transmitting it to the family.

“People with low immunities are especially at risk. They can get secondary infections or morbid diseases, which can be deadly.”

He said although the flu vaccine might cause some allergies or even cause “slight fever”, doctors recommend people to take the vaccine. However, the vaccine is not recommended for people with severe allergies and those with acute illness.

 

 

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NIH issues alert on epidemic-prone infectious diseases

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ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued Seasonal Awareness and Alert Letter (SAAL) for epidemic-prone infectious diseases in Pakistan.
According to an official of NIH, the main purpose of this alert was to inform all concerned health authorities and professionals at all levels and to facilitate them for timely and efficient response to the outbreaks or epidemics.
He said this alert letter was developed for the spring season from March to June 2019. In this letter, NIH exhibited patterns of high priority communicable diseases including Chikungunya, Cholera, CCHF, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Measles, Polio and Pertussis.
These diseases are predicted to be on high alert during the season while alert also contains a detailed introduction of diseases, case definitions, infectious agents, modes of transmission, case management, and prevention. 
Through this letter, NIH also informed about national and international public health events like Typhoid Fever (Extensively Drug Resistance strain) and Naegleria fowleri as national while Ebola Virus Disease and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) considered as International events during the spring season.
He said the NIH also advised the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders to take keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.
There is additional information regarding ‘Mosquito Alert Pakistan app’ also included in this letter. NIH has recently launched its first-ever android based application which will help to collect information about mosquito species present in different areas.   
The institute also issued an advisory regarding pollen allergy and suggested various preventive steps during the pollen season including limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, keeping windows and doors closed, limiting close contact with pets and using filter masks while going outside.

 

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Free medical camp held at Mohmand

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PESHAWAR: Directorate Health Services Tribal Districts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday organized a free medical camp in the far-flung area of Yakaghund, R.H.C hospital at Mohmand tribal district.
As many as 530 patients were examined in the camp which included children, men women and elderly people of the community.
Dr. Sanam Gul and tribal district Engineer Faizan Khan, Sadiqeen and Programme Coordinator Shah Faisal Kaka Khel personally supervised the camp and ensured the quality service to maximum people.
He said such camp would be conducted throughout the tribal belt with the support of Health Directorate and Greenstar. Tribal District Doctors include Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Mati Ullah, Dr. Ajmal, National Programme Coordinator Dr. Pervez Iqbal, Lady Dr. Faiza Rehman, Lady Dr. Lubna also paid a visit to the camp where consultation, screening, counseling, check up and registration of the patients were done.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah Khan told media men that community was in dire need of such services and the Greenstar was effectively catering to those needs.
The camp held under the Greenstar Project and supported by KFW was one of its kind which not only included free consultation and medicine provision but family planning services and on the spot counseling.

 

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Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed

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Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed

KARACHI: A coordination meeting of all related departments, chaired by Commissioner Sukkur Rafique Ahmed Buriro on Thursday reviewed the arrangements made for upcoming anti-polio drive in the district.

The meeting was attended by Police officials, representatives of PPHI, WHO, educational institutions and officials of allied departments of the administration.

Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Commissioner said that coordinated efforts were underway to eradicate the menace of polio once for all.

All related departments were participating in the anti-polio drive and using all available resources to make the campaign more effective and successful, he added.

He urged the polio teams to work with more commitment and dedication to achieve 100 percent results.

The administration also urged the parents and citizens to get their children vaccinated against the polio and root out the crippling disease forever.

The meeting also discussed security arrangements for the polio teams.

 

 

 

 

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