WANA: Malaria and leishmania diseases are again spreading fast in South Waziristan tribal district where the locals have demanded the health department to take action to protect the population from the diseases.

Local sources said the fresh attack of malaria and leishmania has affected at least 300 people. The sources said the women and children are mostly affected from these diseases.

The local people said these diseases are on the rise in the area due to lack of fumigation by the local administration. Leishmania had also attacked Sarwakai and Sra Rogha tehsils of South Waziristan last month.

Last month, the Health Department initiated fumigation and distribution of mosquito nets on emergency basis in South Waziristan to overcome the spread of leishmania.

According to the Health Department, leishmania had affected hundreds of people in Sarwakai and Sra Rogha tehsils. It said treatment was provided to the affected people, while the process of distribution of mosquito nets and fumigation was also carried out.

District Health Officer Wali Rehman Mehsud said about 3,000 patients were treated in Khan Serai Hospital in Sarwakai tehsil. Besides that, he said, 1,500 patients were treated in Sra Rogha Hospital. He said 100 kilogram spray and six spray pumps were also provided to these hospitals for fumigation in Chagmalai, Saplatoi, Barond, Molay Khan Serai, Kotkai and Spenkai Raghzai areas of Sarwakai and Sra Rogha tehsils. The DHO said that 300 mosquito nets each were also provided to both hospitals to protect the people from the disease and avoid its spread to other areas.

The same areas of South Waziristan were also impacted by leishmania during April-May last year. A large-scale campaign was run at that time to overcome the situation. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government at that time provided about 30,000 injections for the area to control the disease. Mosquito killing sprays were also applied and thousands of mosquito kits were distributed among the local population to protect them from leishmania.

During the last year’s outbreak, as many as 28,000 leishmania cases were reported from the tribal districts.

After the outbreak, public health emergency was declared in the area after they run out of vaccinations and medications for children suffering from the disease.