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Pakistan: 2020 Leishmaniasis

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    WHO warns of leishmaniasis outbreak in KP in February
    Ashfaq YusufzaiUpdated January 20, 2020

    PESHAWAR: The World Health Organisation has warned of outbreak of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in February and has called for scaling up awareness regarding preventive measures as well as ensuring proper medication of the infected people.

    “In the wake of impending outbreak this year gain, we have started preparing for control in collaboration with the provincial government,” the WHO officials told Dawn.

    They said that the world health agency was in contact with Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination because the skin ailment was endemic in the entire country and a strategy was needed to prevent its violent outbreaks.

    Asks govt to scale up awareness regarding preventive measures

    Last year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded about 40,000 cases of leishmaniasis but owing to non-availability of injections in the local market, the patients banked on the medication provided by the WHO and MSF that treated 5,000 patients in a CL Centre established in Naseerullah Khan Babar Memorial Hospital, Peshawar in May 2018...