Earlier this year, keamari came into contact with toxic fumes in the plastic recycling factory due to negligence conducted by the owners, and it cost many lives.
Similarly, an influx of Congo virus cases from Balochistan has prompted the Sindh government to take immediate and proactive measures, including the establishment of an eight-bed Congo unit at the Infectious Diseases Hospital.
Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), also known as the Congo virus, is a virus transmitted through tick bites or contact with infected animal tissues or blood. As a result of the recent outbreak in Balochistan, Sindh’s Health Minister, Dr. Saad Niz, promised to provide all the necessary medical assistance to Baloch patients.
Congo Virus in Karachi
A Congo Unit has been activated at Dow Medical University’s infectious disease hospital in Karachi to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure. Additionally, the infection control unit at the Civil Hospital in Karachi has been reactivated with the deployment of essential staff and equipment, including personal protective equipment.
Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi has admitted suspected Congo virus patients to its intensive care unit in response to the emerging cases. To contain the spread, the hospital has provided its medical staff with personal protective equipment and banned movement around the unit.
Safety Precautions Discussed by Doctors
There are currently 11 suspected Congo virus patients at Aga Khan Hospital, including two women. The Infectious Disease Hospital’s director, Dr. Wahid Rajput, stated that the facility is equipped to handle a wide range of infections, despite the fact that no patients with the Congo virus had been admitted as of Monday.
The Infectious Disease Hospital’s director, Dr. Wahid Rajput, stated that the facility is equipped to handle a wide range of infections, despite the fact that no patients with the Congo virus had been admitted as of Monday.
Plans to transfer more patients in need of specialized care to Karachi were discussed after consulting with the appropriate authorities. Doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff are among the medical professionals who have already been moved to Karachi.
He insisted, “The livestock department should begin spraying in animal markets across the province immediately.”
Up to 40% of people who contract severe viral hemorrhagic fever due to the CCHF virus die. It can spread from person to person through bodily fluids and by ticks and livestock.
In the absence of infection control, healthcare professionals are at risk. There isn’t a vaccine for it yet.