Influenza virus infections substantially contribute to global morbidity and mortality. Every year, globally 3 to 5 million individuals suffer from severe influenza, leading to 250 000 to 500 000 deaths. Influenza occurs throughout the year in Pakistan with seasonal peaks during the winter season from December to February affecting all age groups and gender. ILI is an acute respiratory infection with measured fever of ≥ 38 C° and cough with onset within the last 10 days. SARI can be defined as an acute respiratory infection with measured fever of ≥ 38 C° and cough with onset within the last 10 days and requires hospitalization.
The poliovirus has proven to be a constant and resilient foe, continuing to appear in some parts of Pakistan. The WHO defined AFP case as a child <15 years of age with sudden onset of paralysis or muscle weakness due to any cause.
Considering this, Department of Infection Prevention and control of Dr Ziauddin Hospital Clifton campus organized a session on Surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases in collaboration with WHO team members on 17th Feb, 2021.Session was conducted by WHO officer Dr Liaquat and Dr Ramesh. Strength of participants were good. The session was overall interactive and informative. We are glad to have an organized method of surveillance in our Hospital.