No outbreak in Chitral, govt refutes news


Peshawar: A spokesman of Health department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has clarified the news item appearing in a section of press and broadcast by certain television channel regarding outbreaks of diseases in Chitral.

The spokesman said that there was as outbreak of Gastroenteritis in village Shoghur and Bamburet; which is a regular phenomenon and which was tackled effectively by the Authorities in Chitral and as such no loss of life have been reported so far.

He said in the wake of emergency situation in Chitral due to floods, Department of Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa responded immediately and took a number of steps to effectively mitigate the potential health threats related to flood emergency, he added. The spokesman said that

Emergency was declared and all holidays of health staff in district Chitral cancelled during Eid Days and thereafter, emergency Control Room (ECR) operationalised in DHO office Chitral, regular availability of emergency medicine stock along with ambulance ensured by DHO office Chitral, all Incharges of Health Facilities directed to submit daily situation report to DHO office Chitral.

The staff of highly affected Health Centres deployed as outreach service providers to the communit,The PPHI/KPH staff from non-affected areas of the District deployed to provide health services in the affected areas, 02 (two) Women Medical Officers (WMOs) deployed to Booni, (most flood affected area) to address Mother and Child Health issues and Free Medical Camp established at Rashun Gole by DHO Office.

He said Department of Health is in the process of repositioning the contingency stocks to Chitral; which were placed in other districts and which are not flood affected at the moment and are least likely to be affected.

Similarly Department of Health has requested WHO for providing 2 4×4 vehicles to DHO office Chitral along POL to support the emergency response.

Beside that the department requested UNICEF to provide ORS, Aqua tabs and tents for temporary health facilities. Free medical camp she added will be held in the catchment of the non-functional health facilities, provided access is possible.

He said best practices are being adopted such as strengthening of preventive programs such as LHW program and Malaria control program, particularly LHW program, which is considered best in Chitral amongst the districts, which can be extremely useful in this emergency situation.