Due to the mass ritual slaughter of animals on Eid-ul-Azha, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF), or Congo Virus is a potential threat to public health for its epidemic potential and high fatality ratio It spreads to humans either by a tick bite or through contact with infected meat immediately after slaughter. According to WHO, the mortality rate of the virus is 10-40%, with most deaths occurring within two weeks of illness.
Keeping this in mind, the infection control team at The Aga Khan Maternal and Child Care Centre, Hyderabad organised an informative session for the public to raise awareness about the disease and protect the community from it. The session was attended by over 50 people who not only learnt about the infection, but also the ways to prevent it.
This informative session was facilitated by Dr. Sikandar Sohani, Consultant, Family Medicine, who explained about the virus, the risks of getting infected, precautions to prevent contracting the disease, and treatment options available. The talk was followed by a quiz competition that clearly showed how the session helped people increase their knowledge and understanding of the disease.
Speaking about the session, one of the participants said, "It is a very good initiative. We request the government to hold similar events and educate people on life threatening viruses, especially in rural areas of Sindh, where people are at greater risk of Congo virus."
In the end, the administrator of the hospital addressed the audience and appreciated their interest and participation in the session. He, along with the infection control team, distributed gifts among the winners of the quiz competition.