Monsoon: viral diseases spreading in sit-ins participants

ISLAMABAD: A large number of sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are suffering from viral diseases due to the changing weather conditions.The health experts have claimed that besides the viral diseases, there are high chances of spread of infectious diseases in the capital due to the presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins. According to them, the people who come from various cities of the country in the protest with history of different diseases, particularly communicable diseases may lead to further expansion of their diseases to others. He said that whenever such situation occurs when people from different places get together at one place, there are great chances of increase of various infectious diseases like skin disease, or other form of diseases.Skin specialist Raza Ahmad said that the skin infections and superficial infections are common incase of the presence of large number of people at one place, including impetigo, ringworm, conjunctivitis, scabies, and head lice. He said that the people should promptly wash and cover sores, cuts, and scrapes while the people whose eyes are discharging puss should not be in contact with the other people and they should avoid moving in public until the discharge has been stopped. Similarly, in case of rashes, sores, running eyes, and severe itching, the sit-in participants should immediately consult the medical experts.A medical expert, Mamtaz Khan said that sometimes the transmission of microorganisms happen directly from one person to another by one or more of the means, including droplet contact like coughing or sneezing on another person or touching an infected person. He said that when the people of separate living areas when congregate at single place in large number, there are confirmed chances of dissemination of various diseases and advised the protesters to take special preventive measures.When contacted, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) spokesperson Wasim Khawaja said that there are chances of the spread of infectious diseases due to the sit-ins, however special arrangements have been made by the hospital management in this regard. He said that the hospital has put highly equipped ambulances on high alert to provide immediate medical assistance to the sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). He said that besides the policemen who are on duty, several protesters are also visiting PIMS with complications like headache, fever, back pain, sore throat and weakness.He said that all arrangements have been made to deal with any untoward situation and sufficient stock of medicines is available at the hospital. He added that on the directives issued by Shaheed Zulafkar Ali Bhutto Medical University’s Vice Chancellor Javed Akram, a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff is working in emergency round the clock. He said that all senior doctors are on call while special directives from the vice chancellor have been issued to provide standard medical cover to the protesters. He said that the hospitals’ management has also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and the incoming patients other than the protesters are provided with the basic health facilities. 

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