CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON INFLUENZA STATUS IN PAKISTAN : CURRENT POLICY, CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Ali Ahmed Department of Pharmacy, Quaid I Azam University Islamabad
  • Muhammad Saqlain
  • Maria Tanveer
  • Hussain Ali

Abstract

Influenza is a major public health issue across the globe and developing countries especially facing a threatening situation because of lack of effective policies and limited health care resources. Pakistan, a developing country, ranked 6th among populous countries of the globe with urban population share 40% where influenza virus spreads in early October of the year 2017 and its prevalent activity rises to a maximum by the end of the year. Influenza is endemic in Pakistan and affects all age groups. A major reason for unsuccessful planning and implementation of anti-influenza coverage programs is that current policies are not synchronized with the needs of the population. Effective surveillance network, ensuring sufficient vaccination supply and anti-viral medication corresponding to public needs are important steps to take.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Saqlain

Pharm D, M.Phil. (Pharmacy Practice)

Department of Pharmacy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 45320, Pakistan

 

Maria Tanveer

Pharm D, M.Phil (Pharmacy Practice)

Department of Pharmacy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 45320, Pakistan

Hussain Ali

Ph.D. (Pharmacy)

Department of Pharmacy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad 45320, Pakistan

Published
2019-07-13
How to Cite
Ahmed, A., Saqlain, M., Tanveer, M., & Ali, H. (2019). CRITICAL ANALYSIS ON INFLUENZA STATUS IN PAKISTAN : CURRENT POLICY, CHALLENGES AND RECOMMENDATIONS. Pakistan Journal of Public Health, 9(1), 01-03. https://doi.org/10.32413/pjph.v9i1.203