PESHAWAR: There is an outbreak of Leishmaniasis in Tribal districts but the health officials have paid a deaf ear to despite 28,000 cases reported from the tribal districts out of which 7810 have been untreated.

On Thursday, The district administration of North Waziristan has declared a public health emergency after they run out of vaccinations and medications for children suffering from Leishmaniasis skin disease.

The local people have asked the district administrations, the KP health department and officials of Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) to help them face the challenge the of Leishmania outbreak which has affected thousands of tribal people, especially children.

The local people said that the outbreak is not overnight as cases have been reported for the last several months but attention was not paid on time.

According to official data from Bajaur a total of 2802 out of which 1000 were treated. From Mohmand district, 5373 cases were reported out of which 3000 were treated. From Khyber 9378 cases reported out of which 3000 were treated while from Kurram 525 out which 100 were treated.  From Orakzai tribal districts 163 victims were reported but no medication has been provided to any victim, so far. From North Waziristan, some 443 cases were reported out of which treated was provided to 300 and from South Waziristan, some 334 cases were reported of which 300 were provided medication.

Frontier Region (FR) Peshawar 227  where only 70 victims were treated, while from FR Lakki Marwat a total of 28 cases were reported out of which only 28 were treated. From FR Tank 4, From FR DI Khan 12 and from FR Kohat 20 cases were reported but no treatment has, so far, been provided. From Bannu, no case is being reported.

CM Takes notice 

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa took notice of Leishmaniosis disease outbreak and directing health department to submit a report regarding the existing situation. The CM also ordered for dispatching health units, equipped with all necessary arrangements, on an immediate basis to effectively control the outbreak.

The Chief Minister furthered that awareness campaign be launched in the affected areas to educate people on the preventive and curative measures to effectively control the disease.


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