Punjab Health Dept issues Congo Virus alert
By News Desk
November 7, 2023 10:22 PM
The Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department has issued an alert about the Congo Virus threat in the wake of the spread of the disease in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, reported the 24NewsHd TV channel.
According to a circular issued on Tuesday, the Punjab Health Department has directed all district officers to take special precautionary measures for protection from the Congo virus.
The urgency of the situation was underscored by the tragic death of a doctor who had been diagnosed with the Congo virus in Quetta.
The situation prompted the Punjab government to take urgent measures to contain the disease.
Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the department emphasised the importance of promptly disseminating information about the Congo virus to the general public.
It further directed the implementation of anti-viral spray measures in dairy farms to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The circular also added that individuals displaying symptoms of the virus should receive immediate medical attention.
The circular indicated that a doctor and two staff who have contracted the Congo virus are in critical condition in Quetta.
Authorities in Sindh also put hospitals on high alert after a person passed away from the Congo virus on Sunday day while 11 others also contracted the disease.
Eight doctors and three staff are undergoing treatment in the Agha Khan Hospital in Karachi who have contracted the Congo virus. They were infected with the Congo virus through a patient in Quetta.
Three doctors under treatment are still in critical condition in the ICU, Dr Hayat said.
If the Balochistan government improves the diagnosis system in government hospitals, there will be no need to go to other provinces, Dr. Hayat added.
The Congo virus, or Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), is a highly contagious disease transmitted by ticks and contact with infected animals. It leads to severe symptoms and can be fatal if not treated promptly, particularly in endemic regions such as parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Outbreaks require swift action to prevent further spread.
Dr. Waseem Baig, a spokesperson of the Balochistan Health Department, confirmed Dr. Langove’s death. He said 12 people in total contracted Congo virus in Balochistan, adding that Langove was one of them.