Diarrhea Outbreak Triggers Health Emergency in Khuzdar


by Hamna Bano

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On July 10, 2023, the Balochistan Government announced a health emergency in the Aranji area of Tehsil Wadh of Khuzdar district. All of this happened after an outbreak of acute diarrhea. 

The Government has already sent doctors and paramedic staff to the area. This has been done to provide medical facilities to suffering patients. 

The provincial secretary of Health is firing the doctors that are not agreeing to provide services in the affected areas in an emergency. 

On Saturday, two deaths of a child and a woman were reported in a remote area of Khuzdar district due to the acute diarrhea spread in that area. 


Noor Muhammad Qazi who is the DG of Health said, “A complete diagnosis related to cholera was still awaited adding the area was quite rote and due to rains and floods there are problems in reaching there.”

He also added that “a health emergency had been declared in the area and a control room has also been established in the DG Health office in Quetta. Also, Khuzdar is monitoring its medical work.”

An official statement was also issued saying the health department has dismissed a doctor that was appointed on an ad hoc basis after he allegedly refused to work in the emergency in the Aranji area of Khuzdar. 

Departmental action against a few doctors have been initiated who showed reluctance to go to the affected area, mentioned the notification. 

In the meantime, the Malir district of Karachi has also become one of the districts with increasing cases of gastroenteritis. With that, the village part of the union council Darnso Channo of Gadap town has recently faced an outbreak of gastroenteritis affecting hundreds of residents. 

The officials have blamed the use of contaminated water by the residents being responsible for the disease outbreak. But they are yet to identify the causative agents. 

This particular virus has affected many areas including Khuzdar and is believed to affect a lot more areas if not controlled in time.