PESHAWAR: South Waziristan District is plagued by leishmaniasis, a skin disease caused by a sand fly, with hundreds of cases reported but so far the provincial health department couldn’t procured vaccines to contain it.
According to the details, as Leishmania is once again spreading in the tribal areas of Pakistan, like previous year, severely affecting thousands of people. But still there is no vaccine available with health department. One of the for reason behind the surge in cases is that the district has not been sprayed the areas to repel mosquitoes for the last 15 years.
A health department official told reporters that sprays and mosquitoes nets were needed to prevent malaria and leishmaniasis in the area. If these things are provided in time, malaria and leishmaniasis can get out of control. In South Waziristan, Health officials are treating leishmaniasis patients at Azam Warsak, Toi Khalla and Wana.
Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by parasites of the Leishmania type and spread by the bite of certain types of sand flies. The whole district is reportedly plagued by sand flies and people are being bitten leaving them with skin lesions. Local said that there is an urgent need of spraying the area to repel mosquitoes.
According to one estimate, thousands of poor people in South Waziristan have been infected with leishmaniasis and patients are scars on their faces even after recovering from the previous year spread.
Local people fear that the stain would be on there faces for a lifetime. They strongly appealed to the government to find a solution to the issue as soon as possible. Otherwise, the people of the area will continue suffer to suffer. They also warned of protests if government failed to take prompt action.
KP government has issued a notification allowing the purchase of WHO approved Injection ‘Meglumine Antimonite’ to counter Leishmaniasis in tribal districts. The injection will be procured through UNICEF from its principal firm with advance payment as a one time specific purchase with immediate effect.