The National Institute of Health (NIH) has asked the authorities concerned and professionals at all levels for timely preparations and making plans for effective response to the epidemic-prone infectious diseases in the winter season.
According to seasonal awareness and alert for epidemic-prone infectious diseases in Pakistan during winter season, the NIH said that such plans will be helpful in controlling outbreaks and reduce the associated morbidity and mortality.
The NIH advised the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders to take keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.
It said that these diseases are predicted to be on high alert during said season and asked the authorities concerned to properly read the NIH alert which contains detailed introduction of diseases, case definitions, infectious agents, modes of transmission, case management and prevention.
It said that in Pakistan, the influenza activity typically starts increasing from September and reaches peak during the winter months and asked the clinicians to remain meticulous and treat all suspected cases of severe influenza appropriately.
It said that Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza virus and it can cause mild to severe illness and an older people, young children and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications.