KARACHI - In continuation of its efforts towards welfare of the people of Balochistan, the Pakistan Navy held a three-day free medical camp in Jiwani area. The camp extended medical facilities to more than 7,000 people suffering from various ailments. To provide skilled medical treatment and advice to the patients, a team of gynaecologists, surgeons, eye and child specialists was positioned at the camp. The specialists also conducted minor surgeries and provided free medicines. A laboratory was also set up for blood tests, ultrasound and x-rays.The camp aimed at educating the locals on prevention of diseases, child healthcare, sanitation and basic hygiene. Deteriorating maternal health and nutritional deficiencies were other areas of focus. The area of Jiwani has only one rural health centre and few private clinics for about 35,000 inhabitants. The navy establishes free medical camps for the people of the coastal region on a biannual basis. In its last medical camp in Gwadar, more than 3,000 patients were treated, among them 327 children, who suffered from helminthiasis, dysentery and malnutrition. Some common diseases, such as scabies, allergic disorders, citric ptreygium, anaemia and dental hygiene were also taken care of.