Kuwait taking preventive measures against potential spread of cholera in Pakistan

August 19, 2010
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Kuwait’s health ministry is taking preventive measures against the potential spread of the predicted cholera epidemic in Pakistan, the Undersecretary for Public Health Affairs has said.

“If the World Health Organization (WHO) detects any mass outbreak of cholera in the country, Kuwait’s hospitals will instantly be notified to enable staff to closely monitor all recent arrivals from Pakistan reporting symptoms of the highly contagious disease, such as diarrhea and vomiting,” Dr Yousuf Al Nisf said. “The measures will be enforced as soon as WHO makes an official announcement of any mass outbreak in the disaster-stricken nation,” the official said, quoted by Kuwait Times daily.

Al Nisf said that the Kuwaiti government automatically suspended importing food stuff from any area afflicted with cholera.

The ministry has not received official notification from the WHO on the health situation in Pakistan following the recent devastating floods that have left 20 million people homeless and over 3,000 dead.

According to the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, the Pakistani community in Kuwait is estimated at around 100,000.

         

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