Congo Virus

M. Rafique Zakaria

As the sacrificial animals for Eid-ul- Azha are arriving in city, more and more cases of Congo fever are being reported from different parts of the country. Two years back, my 20 year old nephew was affected by this virus ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. He was bleeding profusely from nose, ears, mouth, in urine and stool for 9 days. Doctors were of the opinion that the virus had contracted my nephew through sacrificial animals.
He was kept in quarantine for 3 days for fear of Congo virus at Liaqat National Hospital. His blood samples were sent to a laboratory in UK by the hospital who confirmed that virus was Congo. During treatment, he received more than 40 bags of white blood cells and also had to undergo two sessions of dialysis because during treatment, his kidneys got affected.
Our entire family was sitting outside ICU ward of hospital for 11 days praying for his life and also offered our Eid prayers in hospital mosque. The grace and blessings of Allah cured my nephew from the disease.
While we offer our religious rituals, it is equally important for each one of us to take care of ourselves, and specially our children who mingle with sacrificial animals in excitement. Please take care of your loved ones and enjoy safe and happy Eid.
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