Leishmaniasis outbreak: K-P reports 1,447 cases

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Following an outbreak in Mohmand earlier this year, the provincial health department has been grappling with fast-spreading Leishmaniasis across the province, having recorded 1,447 cases thus far.
With most of the vaccine stocks already exhausted in treating patients in the former tribal agency, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) health department has been facing a challenge in securing additional doses including registration of new medicines with the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and permission to manufacture drugs locally.
Moreover, it has been facing a shortage of medicines, underreporting of cases and unavailability of entomologist for vector surveillance.
These shocking revelations were detailed in a report submitted by the health department to the K-P Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan after the latter took notice of the Leishmaniasis cases in different parts of the province.