EDO seeks report on meningitis cases

KARACHI: Karachi Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Zafar Ejaz on Thursday directed all private hospitals to present detailed report on meningitis cases taken by them in the city. He feared that meningitis cases were being reported in private hospitals out of which some might belong to naegleria fowleri and delay in treatment might claim the life of patients.  He said a letter had been forwarded to all private and government healthcares to send detailed report of meningitis cases. He also instructed administration of hospitals to immediately report such cases to him, especially suspected patients with naegleria symptoms. “The hospitals are being directed to promptly focus on diagnosis of patients having naegleria to ensure timely treatment,” he added. He said naegleria fowleri and meningitis symptoms are similar in nature and feared that cases might be misunderstood.

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