PESHAWAR: Diphtheria outbreak in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is getting worse with quantity of affected kids hitting 262 on Monday and fitness department left with best 25 vials of preventive injections.

sources in the ok-P health ministry said that the department has paid Rs8 million to a Croatian company to urgently import 2,100 vials of anti-diphtheria serum.

“Diphtheria instances had been reported from the entire k-P along with the merged tribal districts,” stated a health reputable requesting anonymity as he turned into no longer accredited to speak to the media.


“The quantity of instances of lethal disorder of diphtheria has reached 262 whilst the branch has been left with most effective 25 vials,” he said.

The ok-P health department has decided to import anti-diphtheria serum from Croatia on emergency basis, the sources said.

They stated that parents of affected children were facing terrific trouble in buying the drugs.

preserving in view the increasing quantity of diphtheria instances health department bypassed many bureaucratic hurdles and requested a Croatian company urgently deliver 2,one hundred packaged vials of ads for which price of more than Rs8 million has been made.

sources say that advertisements is being prepared only in Croatia and India, consequently limiting the choice for import supply. Besides, this vaccine isn't registered in Pakistan and nor is it in the listing of Drug Regulatory Authority due to which okay-P health department is encountering difficulties.

The nation of routine immunisation remains precarious in tribal districts, resources stated. Except North Waziristan, youngsters from former frontier areas (FR) of Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Tank and Kirk are being introduced to tertiary care hospitals of the province for remedy.

They said that thanks to lack of information amongst people to get their kids vaccinated, the prevalence of diphtheria is rife in k-P. At some point of 2017, the provincial fitness department needed to import 6,000 vials two times to fulfill the overwhelming surge in variety of children laid low with the preventable sickness.

in step with resources from the merged tribal districts this criticism has additionally surfaced that furnished free of cost, the vaccination in tribal districts is being furnished in heavy quantity via some docs.

They said that authorities have been nevertheless ignorant of the situation in primary and secondary care health units where some unscrupulous docs were taking bills to manage the otherwise unfastened drug.

every other issue is the need of exercise of authority by the heads of the medical teaching institutes (MTI). As in keeping with directives of the Ministry of national health services, regulation and Coordination an MTI can buy life-saving capsules.

but, the hospitals are counting on provincial fitness department for the diphtheria medication. Sources on this regard also say that branch is likewise helpless on this regard because it doesn’t have price range for this under any head. Department previous to purchasing the vaccine has to arrange budget through cold-chain and other EPI programmes.

in step with sources for the time being in okay-P maximum of the cases are being mentioned from DI Khan, Bannu, Kirk, Lakki Marwat for which branch has now started giving beta medicines to youngsters at the same time as with this tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccines are being given to children older than five years so that this ailment does now not transfer to other kids.

posted in the explicit Tribune, November 21st, 2018.