Pakistan

Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 20, 18 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

- The number of bloody diarrhoea cases increased by 43% from week 19 to 20

- There was one death from suspected hepatitis reported in week 20, from Muzaffarabad district

- Malaria cases increased 40% from week 19 to 20

- Acute watery diarrhoea cases increased 11% from week 19 to 20

- ARI in patients under 5 is 6% higher than seen in week 20 of 2006

- One suspected measles was reported from Bagh district

- DHQ Mansehra has experienced a large increase in reported acute diarrhoea cases, however there are no patients with significant dehydration

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

- Two alerts for acute watery diarrhoea were received from Bagh