Draining water out of agriculture land in Sindh is underway.
HYDERABAD/ISLAMABAD - A large number of flood-affected people are suffering from Malaria, Gastroenteritis, skin, eyes and other infectious ailments as viral infections were spreading in relief camps established in different areas of the district.
The health department officials confirmed that thousands of flood-stricken people were affected with infectious diseases and were being treated in different hospitals.
According to the report of the health department shared on Tuesday, 11,000 people living in the relief camps are suffering from gastroenteritis during the last one month.
More than 13,000 people had been affected with respiratory diseases, while 149 people are suffering from malaria, the report stated.
The health department also confirmed that 12,165 flood-hit people were suffering from skin diseases while 2,707 people from eye diseases during one month period. Over 65,000 flood-devastated people had been provided treatment and medicines during the last one month, health officials said.
They said that 1,813 pregnant women were residing in relief camps, of them 23 deliveries had so far been conducted. The heath officials claimed that best possible gynecological facilities were being made available for pregnant women in the relief camps.
Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal announced to launch ‘Adopt a District’ program with the cooperation of provincial governments to lend a helping hand to the districts worst affected by the catastrophic flooding.
Briefing media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said under this program, the administrative, human and health sector resources of major districts especially in Punjab which have not been damaged by the floods will be left at the disposal of those affected by the calamity. He said it is time to express complete compassion and solidarity with the people of flood affected districts and this will be a great service to this country. Ahsan Iqbal said that two million mother and child nutrition packs will also be raised with the support of university students. He said Vice Chancellors of each university will task every student to prepare this nutrition pack individually or with the support of community to help those women and children whose lives are at stake in the flood hit areas.
He said the government is working to establish mobile clinics and maternity hospitals in the affected areas keeping in view the health needs of women there.
The minister also appealed the religious scholars to encourage the people in their Friday Sermons to extend a helping hand to the flood victims. In his remarks, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz said Pakistan has so far received one hundred and fourteen relief flights from twenty countries. He mentioned that Turkiye is also sending relief trains to Pakistan. He said the relief goods sent by different countries include tents, tarpaulin, blankets, food packs, medicines and boats.
Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz said that Sindh is the most affected province, hence, fifty five to sixty percent relief goods have been sent to the province followed by fifteen to twenty percent to Balochistan. Relief goods have also been provided to Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan.