Spread of infectious diseases likely due to sit-ins in the capital

ISLAMABAD: The health experts have said that there are high chances of the spread of infectious diseases in the Capital due to the presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).They claimed that the people who came 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 the increase of various infectious diseases like skin disease, or other forms of diseases. Skin specialist Raza Ahmad said that the skin infections and superficial infections are common in case of the presence of a large number of people at one place, including impetigo, ringworm, conjunctivitis, scabies, and head lice. He said that people should promptly wash and cover sores, cuts, and scrapes while people whose eyes are discharging puss should not be in contact with other people and they should avoid moving in public until the discharge has stopped.Similarly, in case of rashes, sores, running eyes, and severe itching, the sit-in participants should immediately consult to the medical experts. A medical expert, Mamtaz Khan said that sometimes the transmission of microorganism’s occur 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 people of separate living areas when congregate at a single place in large numbers, there are confirm 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 sit-ins however, the hospital management has made special arrangements 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 the protesters can visit the hospital’s emergency in case of any medical complication, or they can get information or standard medical assistance from the hospital’s helpline 051 9261170. He said that besides 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 medicine is available at the hospital. 

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