Health officials urged to ensure averting Congo virus

KARACHI: Karachi Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has on Wednesday directed health officials to immediately start taking precautionary measures for saving the citizens from Congo fever owing to the arrival of sacrificial animals in the city.

Complaints of Congo fever were received last year; therefore it was the duty of the local bodies to take all possible measures for protecting the citizens from viral diseases. The responsibility for the health of the animal lies with the officer who had issued the health certificate for it.

He expressed these views while addressing a meeting held in the old Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) building which was attended by senior director medical & health services, senior director veterinary, deputy director livestock, representative of the provincial health department, administrator of district Malir, municipal commissioners, health officers of different districts, assistant commissioners and other officers.

The administrator said all possible facilities would be provided to the cattle markets under the directive of Sindh government while keeping full information about the health of the animals to avert any chances of spread of any kinds of disease.

He said all necessary steps would be taken for removing any hurdles and troubles being faced by the veterinary doctors, technical staff and other such persons in the biggest market of sacrificial animals at Sohrab Goth.

He said work on the prevention of various diseases and improvement in the delivery of health care facilities was already started effectively. The provincial government had also issued clear directives in this connection with stress on bringing improvement in the health care facilities for people.

Earlier, the meeting was informed that presently 16 veterinary hospitals were operating in the city where animals were medically examined whereas more than 13 Lac sacrificial animals were brought to the city before Eid-ul-Azha. This was further informed that basically Congo virus had originated in Africa and now due to its presence in the animals of the rural especially the northern areas of Pakistan could transmit in the city with the animals that were brought from inner country.

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