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Consultative meeting for Finalization of Pocket Guide on Epidemic-prone Infectious Diseases held

Islamabad, March 28, 2017 (PPI-OT):The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad has organized a Consultative Meeting for Finalization of Pocket Guide on Epidemic-prone Infectious Diseases on 28-29 March, 2017 at Islamabad. The health professionals of different specialities including Physicians, Paediatricians, Pathologists, Microbiologists, Epidemiologists and Public Health Experts from all provinces, AJK, GB, FATA, Pakistan Army and other partners participated in the subject meeting.

Being the focal point for International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), NIH is mandated to support the IHR core capacities including surveillance. A well-coordinated and functional surveillance system is the back-bone for the success of global health security. Besides good surveillance systems also needs uniformity, simplicity and conciseness. Without proper understanding of a health problem, it is difficult to manage or take necessary remedial measures for its eradication. In this context, case definitions booklet proves its importance for the surveillance officers and outbreak responders.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Executive Director NIH in his inaugural address said that the Institute is implementing and supporting activities for strengthening disease surveillance, outbreak detection and response for the last two decades. NIH has also developed a number of technical documents and tools over the years for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the public health staff to carry out surveillance and detect outbreaks/epidemics.

Out of the most important tools used for disease surveillance outbreak detection and reporting is the surveillance case definition booklet. The booklet was developed initially in 2009 with the collaboration of WHO and revised in 2012 and now undergoing further revision. The emerging and re-emerging diseases are also incorporated in this version and will be periodically reviewed in the future as well. The Executive Director, NIH thanked all participants who came from different areas of the Pakistan and gave their valuable input during the meeting.

For more information, contact:
National Institute of Health
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9255110, 9255112-4, 9255090-4
Fax: +92-51-9255099
Website: www.nih.org.pk

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