A large number of sit-ins participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) are suffering from viral diseases due to changing weather condition and their long stay at one place.
Health experts have claimed that besides viral diseases, there are high chances of spread of infectious diseases in the federal capital due to presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins.
According to them, people who come here from various cities of the country in the protest with history of different diseases particularly communicable diseases may lead to further expansion of their diseases to others.
A health expert said that whenever such situation occurs when people from different places get together at one place, there are great chances of increase of various infectious diseases like skin disease, or other form of diseases.
Skin specialist, Dr Raza Ahmad said that skin infections and superficial infections were common in case of presence of large of people at one place including impetigo, ringworm, conjunctivitis, scabies, and head lice.
He said people should promptly wash and cover sores, cuts, and scrapes while people whose eyes are discharging puss should not be in contact with other people and they should avoid moving in public until the discharge has stopped.
Similarly, in case of rashes, sores, running eyes, and severe itching, sit-ins participants should immediately consult to medical experts.
A medical expert, Dr Mamtaz Khan said that sometimes transmission of microorganisms occurred directly from one person to another by one or more of the means including droplet contact like coughing or sneezing on another person or touching an infected person.
Dr Khan said that people of separate living areas when congregate at single place in large number, there are confirm chances of dissemination of various diseases and advised the protesters to take special preventive measures.
Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) spokesman Dr Wasim Khawaja said that there are chances of spread of infectious diseases due to sit-in, however special arrangements have been made by the hospital management in this regard.
Dr Khwaja said that the hospital has put highly equipped ambulances on high alert to provide immediate medical assistance to sit in participants of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
He said that besides policemen who are on duty, several protesters also visiting PIMS with complications like headache, fever, back pain, sore throat and weakness. He said all arrangements have been made to deal with any untoward situation and sufficient stock of medicines was available at the hospital.
He added on the direction of Shaheed Zulafqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Prof Javed Akram a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff is working in emergency round the clock. He said all senior doctors are on call while special direction from vice chancellor medical university has been issued to provide standard medical cover to protesters. He said that the hospital management has also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and incoming patients other than protesters are provided with basic health facilities.