Ratodero, Sindh: The Sindh Health Department has issued guidelines for the preparedness regarding Crimean CONGO Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in letter sent on 19.9.2013 addressed to all the Healthcare Hospital administrators of the province.
The letter said that due to forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha cattle markets are being established at various designated places of the province. There is a potential threat that slaughter animals/other livestock may harbor the “tick” (Hyaloma) containing Condo virus.
The Congo fever is a highly contagious disease with high fatality rate; therefore, the preparedness at all levels is required to tackle this extremely fatal disease.
The health Secretary has further directed to address this very important public health issue and keep a vigilant eye on cattle markets, suspected patients & animals in coordination with all stakeholders, like Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts, livestock department, information department, local electronic & print Media etc. and apprise this department regarding details of steps taken by you and details of probable, suspected and confirmed cases of CCHF regularly.
The Health Department has further directed to establish isolation wards for admission of confirmed CCHF cases and adopt prescribed procedure for transportation of sample from suspected cases of CCHF as per attached guidelines and added besides, report probable, suspected and confirmed cases of CCHF to the focal person Dengue Surveillance Cell established at Civil Hospital, Karachi, under intimation to Health Department, on regular basis and also conduct on regular basis health education sessions, seminars, distribute awareness messages and material regarding CCHF, among the vulnerable groups viz butchers, cattle handlers, cattle traders, general public etc.
The letter added that guideline for control of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever. It also attached a leaflet for knowledge of the health department medical superintendents and for their ready reference.
The copies of this letter were circulated by the Medical Superintendent, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana among various related Head of Departments and also sent to Commissioner Larkana Division for further necessary action.