Diphtheria claims 8 lives, infects dozens in Fata

Islamabad—Eight children have died and dozen others have been affected due to fresh viral infection of diphtheria disease in the different villages of North Waziristan Agency of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
According to the locals of North Waziristan, who recently returned to their homes in Tehsil Miranshah, Diphtheria disease was spreading at Khuzai and Palangzai areas of NWA Tehsil Miranshah.
According to authorities of DHQ Bannu, several children had been admitted at Bannu hospital affected from diphtheria disease and several referred to Peshawar. Medical Superintendent DHQ Dr Habib Ullah said that special isolation ward has been established for the patients of North Waziristan and victims were being provided medicines from hospital.
Officials at D.I.Khan confirmed that five children died due to this disease in South Waziristan Agency, where recently displaced people had returned.
Doctors at DHQ hospital Bannu ENT ward said that they have checked twenty four patients of this disease which were brought from Miranshah and other several admitted in ENT Ward. ENT Dr Iqbal said that special vaccine named ADS, anti diphtherial serum and anti toxim were needed which can protect the affected children.
Dr Iqbal said it is communicable disease which can transfer from one patient to other so patients or affected should be kept in isolation.—APP

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