WHO handed over medicines of Leishmania disease to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) handed over medicines to control and treat Leishmania disease.
Medicines were handed over in a ceremony held at Ministry of National Health in Islamabad. The meeting was attended by Special Assistant to Prime Minister for National Health Dr. Zafar Mirza and head of WHO.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Zafar Mirza said that the WHO has provided 30,000 doses of the injection to help treatment of Leishmania disease.
Dr. Mirza thanked the WHO for providing the medicine adding that the world health body will provide another 35,000 doses of the medicine.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a skin infection caused by a parasite transmitted by the bite of a sandfly. Although not life threatening, it can cause severe stigma and psychological trauma. People with lesions and scars are often victimised and excluded from public life.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis cases have surged in the country’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province since the end of 2018. The health authorities reported about 28,000 cases since November 2018, most of them from merged districts previously known as the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas.