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Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 19, 11 May 2007

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The Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report (WMMR) is published by the Ministry of Health of Pakistan (MOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The WMMR is built on surveillance data that health service providers and NGOs transmit on a weekly basis from health facilities and hospitals in those areas affected by the earthquake that struck Pakistan on 8 October 2005.

The WMMR objectives are to monitor the trend of health conditions over a period of time and provide vital information to all health partners. The WMMR is only a snapshot of the health conditions in those facilities where events are registered and data collected and does not necessarily reflect the situation from other health facilities.

The WMMR is a publication that has been developed for emergencies and previously used in other areas such as the Darfur Crisis.

The WMMR is produced with the financial support of AAI Australia, Americares, CIDA, Denmark, DFID, ECHO, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Monaco, Norway, SIDA, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, USAID

Highlights

- In the past month (Epidemiological weeks 16-19 inclusive), 145,567 health events under surveillance were reported including 76 deaths

- This week, there were 298 (89%) reporting units contributing to the report.

- In week 19, Total 89,961 consultations were reported, with 13 deaths - Two alerts for measles were reported one found positive

- Alerts for suspected hepatitis were received from four out of the five districts

- The rate of AWD climbed 5% in week 19, when compared to week 18

Reporting Units

The numbers of reporting sites able to report this week was 298, a 7% decrease compared to the previous week, and reporting timeliness of the DEWS system has also decreased compared with last week. See Table 1 for summary statistics.


Table1. Reported heath facilities by district, Earthquake Affected Areas, Pakistan, 14 April – 11 May 2007.