Another challenge for flood victims is to face epidemics


By Shabbir Hussain

ISLAMABAD, Sept 05 ( Diplomatic Star): Sufferings of the devastating flood victims is yet not over,  Pakistan is the country, where the flood has caused havoc in every province and forced people to live under the open sky to face another challenge of epidemics.

The flood has made life of people so difficult which means the suffering of flood victims are different from hunger and thirst and now to experience various diseases., there are many heartbreaking stories of flood victims.

According to the statistics released by the Health Department, 660 thousand 120 people have been diagnosed with various diseases in the government-run medical camps in the flood-affected areas since July.

According to the statistics, skin and diarrhea diseases have spread rapidly in the flooded areas, a total of 149 thousand 551 people are suffering from diarrheal diseases while 142 thousand 739 people have reported cases of skin infection.

According to the authorities, 132 thousand 485 cases of respiratory disease were reported, while 49 thousand 420 cases of malaria, 101 cases of snake bite and 550 cases of dog bite have been reported, while 1 lakh 85 thousand 274 of other diseases have been reported. Cases have been reported.

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Ezra Fazal Pechuho said in an TV talk yesterday that more than 47,000 pregnant women are in shelter homes in the province.

He further said that thousands of people were suffering from various diseases after the flood.

According to officials, more than 15,000 cases of skin infections are being reported daily in government-run medical camps, while more than 14,000 cases of diarrheal diseases and more than 13,000 cases of respiratory diseases are being reported daily.

Secretary General of Pakistan Medical Association Karachi, Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro, while talking to Alliance News Correspondent said that the biggest challenge in the flood-affected areas is the severe lack of shelters. I did not see the official relief camp, the flood affected people are forced to live under the open sky.

He said that only one relief camp has been set up on Khaparo Road under the management of People’s Primary Health Care Initiative.

Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Shoro further said that skin infections have become common in the flood affected areas because a large number of people have been living with water for the past 10 to 15 days. have begun to breed, but poor people have no mosquito nets and no shelters.

Expressing his concern, he said, “I am afraid that the situation will become more serious in the coming days, so we need to take immediate steps.”

He said that the flood-affected people sitting under the open sky are forced to drink contaminated water, they have nothing to eat, they are getting a little food from non-profit organizations or a kind landlord.

According to the officials of the health department, around 50 lac people have been displaced in the floods in Sindh, while more than 1000 health facilities have been damaged.

Of these, 966 were partially damaged while 126 health facilities were completely destroyed.

The highest number of health facilities were destroyed in Sukkur with 230, followed by 199 in Larkana, 183 in Hyderabad, 171 in Mirpur Khas, 156 in Shaheed Benazirabad and 27 in Karachi.

65 health facilities were completely destroyed in Mirpurkhas, followed by 22 in Hyderabad, 17 in Sukkur, 13 in Larkana, 7 in Shaheed Benazirabad and one in Karachi.

According to government statistics, while the cases of cholera have decreased, the cases of diarrhea and dysentery are increasing in Sindh.

According to statistics, 496 doctors and 1,138 paramedics are on duty in 293 mobile camps and 157 fixed camps.