KP grapples with diphtheria outbreak, results in 16 tragic fatalities.
This disease has affected a total of 328 people, ranging in age from 6-month-old infants to 68-year-olds.
Bacteria strains known as Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which produce a toxin, are the cause of the deadly disease diphtheria. Breathing difficulties, irregular heartbeats, and even death are possible outcomes.
The lack of anti-diphtheria serum at the health department has made the situation more urgent, according to latest international news. Because ADCs are not easily accessible, hospital patients are dealing with more challenges, which makes their circumstances more challenging.
Diphtheria cases have been reported in 28 districts of the province, with the most affected being Peshawar, Kohat, Kark, Khyber, and Charsadda. Peshawar alone has reported 68 cases. The good news is that administering full vaccination to children can protect them from diphtheria, which is a crucial first step in controlling the outbreak.
In an effort to improve healthcare management and disease prevention, the province has launched a child-focused electronic immunization registry program. This cutting-edge strategy seeks to improve healthcare in the area and expedite record-keeping.
Despite the challenges it poses, authorities are actively working to combat the diphtheria virus outbreak and ensure the well-being of the community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In addition to the ongoing immunization campaigns, the proactive measures taken give the residents hope for a better and healthier future.