Thousands in flood relief camps hit by waterborne diseases

Planning minister says govt working to establish mobile clinics, maternity hospitals | Announces to launch ‘Adopt a District’ programme

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.

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