Outbreak of health diseases in flood-hit Sindh possible, Warns WHO

Badin: World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of possible outbreak of endemic disease in the wake of recent floods in southern Sindh caused by hammering rains.

Acute shortage of clean drinking water, safe sanitation, shelter and healthcare facilities are likely trigger serious health diseases, particularly among women and children, WHO said in its latest report.

Prepared in view of the survey of relief camps and flood-hit areas in Badin and Mirpurkhas districts, the report has concluded that skin diseases are fast spreading among the displaced people of the affected areas.

The WHO in its report has urged the government authorities to administer vaccination to the children, so that they are protected from falling victim to disease, particularly in the areas where there are inadequate safe drinking water and sanitation facilities and proper drainage arrangements.

Although most of relief camps set up inside Badin town have adequate health facilities mobile health teams are also operating on temporary basis, according to report.

Earlier, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed concerned departments to mobilize resources for relief work in his province’s flood- hit districts.

He informed that eight persons were killed and nine others injured in three talukas of rain -hit Sindh’s Tando Muhammad Khan District.

Over one million people of six districts have been affected badly by the recent floods, The News reports.

Shah described the situation as disastrous and said that measures are being taken to provide basic needs including tents, ration, drinking water and medicines to the flood victims. e informed that 239 relief camps have been established where over 62162 people have been accommodated.

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Saleem Shaikh

The writer is a development journalist. He writes on water, sanitation, environment, climate change, agriculture, women development, human rights, education, health, development budgets and economy.

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