ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services has sent a team of 12 doctors from the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) to Lasbela district in Balochistan to provide medical care to flood victims.
Talk to DawnMinistry spokesman Sajid Shah said the team will hold free medical camps at Uthal District Headquarters Hospital and Lakhra Rural Health Centre.
“There are general practitioners, general surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and other experts in the team,” he said, adding that free medication would also be provided to patients.
In a statement, Federal Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said another batch of drugs would be sent to Balochistan after Ashura.
“We will continue to support our brothers in Balochistan and use all possible resources to bring relief to them,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with the support of the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), has expanded its rescue and relief operations in Balochistan and other parts of countries under the Disaster Response and Contingency Fund (DREF) .
The PRCS carries out relief activities in the flooded areas of Balochistan. In addition to cash assistance, drinking water and hygiene kits will be distributed to flood victims.
A high-level meeting at PRCS headquarters took several decisions regarding relief and rehabilitation in flood-affected areas of Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
PRCS Chairman Abrarul Haq said the Society is dedicated to helping those affected by the heavy rains and floods.
He added that the PRCS had deployed mobile health teams with doctors, paramedics and free medicines to Tank, Jhal Magsi and Jafferabad districts to provide health services to the flood affected population.
Water treatment plants would be installed in Karak, Tank, Jhal Magsi and Jaffarabad in the coming days and each plant would have the capacity to generate 30,000 liters of clean and safe drinking water per day, Mr Haq said.
He said hygiene kits, jerrycans and dengue fever kits would be distributed to 900 households while relief materials would also be distributed to victims in Muzaffargarh with the support of the Turkish Red Crescent in the affected areas.
“A cash grant of Rs 16,000 per household will also be given to 1,400 households to cover their basic needs,” he said.
He said that the PRCS was in contact with the partners of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and that more relief packages and livelihood aids will be provided under the second allocation of the DREF to support families affected by floods in different parts of the country.
Posted in Dawn, August 9, 2022