Pakistan: Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report No. 23, 15 Jun 2007

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 15 Jun 2007
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 decreased by 7% from week 22 from 590 to 551 cases

- Malaria cases decreased by 20% from week 22, from 660 to 531 cases

- Acute watery diarrhoea cases increased by 2% from week 22 from 9571 to 9785 cases

- One alert for bloody diarrhoea involving five patients was received; samples were positive for shigella.

- One suspected measles case was reported from Muzaffarabad district in week 23, but was most likely a misdiagnosis

- One alert for acute watery diarrhoea was received in week 23; food poisoning is suspected.