Pakistan: Skin diseases up 15pc in July

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October 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Skin diseases increased by 15 percent with average 3,275 scabies cases being reported per district in July as compared with 2,842 recorded in the preceding month, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

Skin diseases up 15 percent in July

October 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Skin diseases increased by 15 percent with average 3,275 scabies cases being reported per district in July as compared with 2,842 recorded in the preceding month, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

Skin diseases up 15 percent in July

According to report issued on Monday, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Gujranwala experienced maximum 25,827; 12,254 and 11,158 scabies cases respectively in the observed month during which FAFEN governance monitors visited 90 health offices in as many districts across the country.

 The monitors found the total diseases burden had increased 12 percent average in July as compared with June.

A total 2,470,345 cases of various diseases were reported with 40 percent those of acute reparatory tract infections. Faisalabad with 93,219 cases was the highest reporting district while Sialkot and Gujranwala followed with 45,107 and 42,472 cases respectively.

Gastrointestinal infections constituted 23 percent of the total disease burden. Out of 580,522 gastrointestinal infection cases, 88 percent were of diarrhea and dysentery and 11 percent of gastroenteritis. In the observed month, 11 percent registered cases were of skin diseases.

As many as 10,681 cases of animal bites were reported with 9,786 dog bites and 895 snake bites. Faisalabad recorded the highest incidence of dog bites (885 cases) while Rajanpur (93) reported the most snake bites.

On the other hand hepatitis constituted 91 percent of the 3,954 viral disease cases registered in July. Forty districts reported 3,599 hepatitis cases with Gujranwala on top and reporting 692 cases followed by Gujrat with 625 and Bahawalpur with 470 cases.

Nineteen districts had 309 measles cases, 60 of them being registered in Karachi East.

All 25 cases of suspected AIDS were reported in Gujrat while out of 21 probable poliomyelitis cases Karachi East reported 18 and Loralai, Bhakkar and Sheikhupura one each.

Among bacterial diseases, 32 districts reported 2,103 tuberculosis cases while two districts registered seven tetanus cases.

FAFEN monitors also observed dengue and malaria cases. They found 31 districts reporting 4,992 malaria cases with Tank 863 cases, Killa Saifullah 520 and Thatta 471 cases.

Of the 10 districts having the highest disease burden, eight were in Punjab, and one each in Sindh and KPK.


Courtesy: APP