By Rafiullah Mandokhail
ZHOB,(Parliament Times): Over two hundred Leishmaniasis patients in neighboring Sherani district are running from pillar to post as the health department lacks anti-leishmaniasis vaccines at the health facilities. “Around 200 patients in Killi Ghorlama, Sur Lakki and Walmei are suffering from leishmaniasis, but the health officials have turned deaf ear to vaccinate the patients and take preventive measures to control the disease,” said Khalid Sherani, a social activist in the affected area. He said that he has informed the district health officer Sherani several times about the alarming increased in leishmaniasis patients, but to no avail. The non-availability of anti-leishmaniasis vaccines at the health facilities adds to the miseries of patients and patients are running from pillar to post to get treated.
He said the area people feared that the growing incidence of Leishmaniasis among the children particularly girls would become a major public health issue due the stigma attached to it.
“The people of the affected areas are worried about the future of their children, whose faces have been badly scarred by Cutaneous Leishmaniasis,” he added. He demanded of the provincial government and World Health Organization to ensure the availability of anti-leishmaniasis vaccines at the hospital. According to health experts, the disease is locally known as ‘Kaldana’ that is transmitted by female sand-fly bite. The flies transmitting Leishmaniasis usually exist in warm parts, where the flies can survive. In initial stage a pimple appears on the skin after the bite, which grows with the passage of time and becomes very ugly and persists for a long time. Sometimes, the period lasts for a year. The disease causes lifelong scarring leading to disfigurement of faces and limbs and therefore, the infected girls, faced social rejection in a conservative society.