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Rise in Congo virus cases triggers health emergency in Balochistan

All relevant officials directed by Caretaker CM Domki to keep a close eye on the situation

By Web Desk
November 06, 2023
Patients suffering from dengue fever are treated at a hospital in Lahore on October 8, 2023. — Online
Patients suffering from dengue fever are treated at a hospital in Lahore on October 8, 2023. — Online 

As cases of the deadly Congo virus continue to increase, a health emergency has been imposed in hospitals across Balochistan to tackle the disease, also known as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus in medical terminology.

The decision to impose a health emergency came after a meeting, under the chairmanship of Balochistan Caretaker Chief Minister Ali Mardan Domki, was held in the provincial capital Quetta, as 44 cases of the virus were reported in Balochistan.

All divisional commissioners, district house officers (DHOs) and livestock officers have been directed by the chief minister to keep a close eye on the situation.

The meeting also decided to impose a ban on private slaughterhouses in Quetta for two weeks under Section 144, after which animals can only be slaughtered in slaughterhouses located away from the urban population.

CM Domki directed the provincial livestock department to immediately spray disinfectants in cattle markets.

Preliminary evidence, according to the caretaker chief minister, suggested that the virus spread from a patient belonging to Harnai in the Civil Hospital, after which the affected ward was sealed and other departments were disinfected under special measures.

The interim CM added that the two healthcare workers, who were affected by the Congo virus, are being transferred to Karachi via air ambulance today.

The interim set-up in Balochistan has declared the doctor who died of Congo virus a martyr and also announced benefits for his surviving family.

It should be noted that a doctor diagnosed with the deadly Congo virus in Quetta and a suspected patient under treatment at the Fatima Jinnah Hospital died on Sunday.

According to the hospital administration, the patient had been brought to the hospital in critical condition from the rural area of Hazaraganj.

The death of the stricken doctor occurred during his transportation to Karachi for treatment, according to a spokesperson for the young doctors. As per a spokesperson for young doctors, the patient’s life was lost while en route to Karachi for specialized medical treatment.

This year has seen a surge in Congo virus cases with at least 41 patients admitted to the hospital, resulting in 17 fatalities.