Chitral: At least 15 children were died at Khoth area of Tehsil Torkho near here. According to District Health Officer Dr. Israrullah 15 children died in February and March due to pneumonia. However, independent sources told PPI that epidemic of pneumonia has spread at Khot area rapidly and took even more lives.
Dr. Israrullah said that he visited the area where there is a Basic Health Unit (BHU) under KPHC (Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Health Care) but doctor Shah Alam of BHU Khot was absent from duty and he has directed to KPHC to take action against the doctor.
A local said that there is no healthcare facility from government in the area but only a NGO working there while a RHC at Shahgram has been handed over to AKHH under public private partnership.
Separately, the world TB day was commemorated in Chitral by district TB control officer in collaboration with District health officer and relief international.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Ghaffar was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was presided over by Dr. Noorul Islam MS of DHQ Hospital Chitral.
The speakers highlighted dangers TB diseases. However, they termed that this is curable disease which can be overcome within 6 months with continues treatment.