RAWALPINDI: Director of District Livestock Department Dr. Shahid Sajjad Wednesday advised citizens to adopt preventive measures to avoid the spread of Congo virus before buying the sacrificial animals.
Visiting different animal markets in the district, he said there was no need to be afraid of Congo virus spread as only 15 to 17 deaths are reported since 1960.
He proposed buyers to wear gloves and use masks while going to the animal markets. Dr. Shahid said sacrificial animals are being transported in the city so it has been decided to create public awareness to protect the people from Congo fever and spread of the virus by taking preventive measures. He asked people to slaughter animals during daytime on the occasion of Eidul Adha.
Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever is a lethal disease caused by Congo virus which is present in a tick, present in animals.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
i) Livestock Department Rawalpindi directed to carry out anti-Congo virus spray at all sacrificial animals’ sale/purchase centers established at various spots to avoid diseases before Eid ul Azha. Talking to the Medis, Director Livestock Rawalpindi Division Shahid Sajjad Asghar said that said it was necessary to create public awareness regarding this to protect the people and that the spread of the virus could be checked by adopting some simple measures. The sale of unhealthy sacrificial animals has been restricted strictly. He said that the livestock department is giving permission to those traders who have healthy and strong sacrificial animals. He said that unhealthy and sick sacrificial animals not allowed in cattle markets to avoid diseases. The officer said that 24 check posts have been established at various points set by the district government for the sale of sacrificial animals besides mobile teams are also available in cattle markets and performing their duties regularly. He said that official would be available in cattle markets to guide the citizens regarding the illness of the sacrificial animals. He said veterinary assistant has been assigned who are examining the sacrificial animals physically while mobile vans along with the staff checking the sacrificial animals minutely. He said that we have complete hospitals having doctors, staff, and medicine who would provide free of cost services for the citizens in cattle markets. He said that citizens can get information about the age and fitness of their sacrificial animals at any time. (5th August 2018)
ii) Once again the danger of Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) or Congo virus is looming over Pakistan. Some five CCHF-deaths have been reported from all across the state until now. Furthermore, it has been learned that the deadly virus cases are intensifying in the north zone of Punjab. Individuals can catch this disease through infected animals such as cows, goats, sheep etc. Health experts here have stressed that if it is not controlled, the virus can spread rapidly. However, we can save ourselves via early diagnosis and proper treatment. Although symptoms may vary from person to person some of the most widespread warning signs of this chaos include:
- Flu, emotional bewilderment, violence, mood swings, temperature, flushed eyes and face, joint ache, nosebleeds, vomiting and black stools, upper belly pain because of a puffy liver, kidney failure, breathing troubles, low blood pressure, fast heart rate and poor blood circulation.
- Regrettably, the cure for this disease is yet be discovered. Nevertheless, here are some of the remedies by which we can protect ourselves:
- Cover yourself completely, put on bright clothes to spot ticks and wear gloves and masks when near animals.
- Remove ticks; use a defensive spray on your animals and your clothes.
- Keep away from areas with too many ticks.
- Keep yourselves away from the patients who have the illness.
- Make sure that all the needles and syringes are cautiously disposed off. Wash your body and hands later.
- Endeavor to keep your house free of all kinds of insects by using sprays.
- Health practitioners, hunters, agriculturalists and those slaughtering, supplying and cooking meat are also at the high jeopardy of having this sickness.
- Cook meat accurately. It is more widespread in larger animals as compared to birds. However, chicken and fish might be safer.
- Try not to consume anything while buying animals and try to clean the areas perfectly.
- The disease is present in all liquids released by the infected animals.
People urged to vaccinate children Anti-Measles injection
RAWALPINDI: Member Provincial Assembly Chaudhry Amjad Mehmood Friday said a healthy child was essential for a healthy society and this message should be conveyed to every nook and cranny of the district.
Speaking at a seminar as chief guest held in connection with upcoming Measles campaign starting from October 15, he urged the religious scholars, teachers and elected representatives to play their due role in the anti-measles campaign and motivate the people to ensure preventive measures for their children against diseases.
He also underlined the importance of holding such seminars in order to create community awareness about measles. The seminar was organized by B-Malka Welfare society here at Kotha Kalan to create awareness regarding the importance of Measles vaccination for children.
In his address, Assistant Commissioner Iftikhar Sherazi said that a large number of infants were feared left without measles vaccine coverage, whereas in the case of those already vaccinated, the efficacy rate was not up to the mark.
He informed that 884 teams would go door to door under the campaign being launched from October 15,
and administer an anti-measles injection to 874,384 children from six months to seven years of age in all tehsils and union councils of the district. He further said that 221 fixed centers,208 medical officers,1768 Mobilizers and 52 supervisors would be part of the drive in order to facilitate the citizens and serve them at their doorsteps.
Meanwhile, Deputy District Health Officer Dr. Zeeshan in his address said that staff deployed for the campaign has been issued special instructions and informed that no negligence in that regard would be tolerated. He said that all possible steps had been taken by the Health Department to make the campaign a success.
Sufficient quantity of vaccine is available, and no stone will be left unturned in efforts to make the campaign the success.” He said continuous efforts were being made to control measles. Special teams had also been formed to cover areas from where the complaints about unattended children were registered, he said. Among others, health officials religious scholars, traders, para-medical staff and a large number of citizens attended the seminar.
Federal govt to construct cancer hospital in Balochistan: PM
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that the federal government with the cooperation of Pakistan Army would construct a cancer hospital in Balochistan.
Talking to students of various educational institutions of Balochistan, who called on him here at the Prime Minister Office, he said, the provincial government would provide land to the federal government for the hospital and in this regard, a team of the federal government would visit the province very soon.
The Prime Minister said he had talked to Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the cancer hospital would be built with the cooperation of the army.
To various queries of the students, the Prime Minister said Balochistan was a spread out area and it was very difficult to handle it from a centralized system, adding that an effective local government system would be introduced in the province as it was the best option for resolution of various problems at the grass-root level.
The federal government, he said was going to start one of the biggest job provision programmes in the history of Pakistan by constructing five million houses in the entire country.
He said water was one of the biggest problems of Quetta and added that the federal government was also working on various water projects in the province.
He said the federal government would upgrade Mangi dam to meet water supply requirement of Quetta city and adjoining areas.
The Prime Minister said the dam would not only provide clean drinking water but also raise the water table in the area.
During the tenure of PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Prime Minister said, 70 sports grounds were constructed there.
He said the federal government was planning to locate places for sports grounds because it was right of the youth. The Prime Minister said Balochistan was rich of mineral resources and only four minerals in the province were considered to be worth of $460 billion.
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the students to fully concentrate on studies, broaden their thinking and avoid selfishness.
He said why the Pakistani nation loved their Quaid because the founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never struggled for his self but his entire efforts were for Muslims of the Sub-Continent. He said Quaid-i-Azam was a great human being.
Breast Cancer Awareness: Awan-e-Sadr turns pink
ISLAMABAD: First Lady Samina Alvi on Wednesday illuminated the building of Aiwan-e-Sadr with pink light in commemoration of breast cancer awareness in the month of October.
In a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, she pushed the button to illuminate the building in pink color, thus inaugurating the Pink Ribbon save the 9th campaign.
Addressing the ceremony, Begum Alvi said the month of October was being commemorated worldwide to create awareness about the breast cancer.
She underlined the importance of running an effective breast cancer awareness campaign which could help avoid incidents and deaths related to breast cancer.
The First Lady said the breast cancer had become one of the major female diseases and its exact causes were yet to be ascertained.
In Pakistan, due to lack of awareness, the disease was on the rise among females, she said, noting that media could play an effective role by creating public awareness.
She opined that doctors and other professional related to the medical field should be invited in the TV morning shows to create awareness about breast cancer.
Begum Alvi said every third woman in Pakistan was at the risk of suffering from the breast cancer, but timely diagnosis could help cure the disease.
Womenfolk should not feel hesitant in getting themselves medically examined to timely detect the symptoms and if anything appeared extraordinary, doctors should be consulted immediately, she advised.
Dr. Umar Aftab, head of cancer awareness programme, on the occasion said about 12 million women in the country could be at the risk of getting breast cancer.