WHO Establishes 7 Emergency Medical Centers in Flood Areas


by Saeed Iqbal

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WHO throughout the country has established emergency medical centers in response to massive disease outbreaks. These diseases include diarrhea, skin diseases, malaria, dengue fever, and several other waterborne diseases.

The representative of the World Health Organization in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, inaugurated a flood relief camp in Rajanpur on September 3, 2022. This medical camp is providing different medical services such as essential medicines and an antenatal clinic to expectant mothers.

WHO also partners with Indus Hospital and Health Network to provide hygiene kits, polio vaccination, and counseling to flood affectees for hepatitis B. World Health Organization is looking forward to making partnerships with other charity organizations to provide the best medical facilities.

Dr. Palitha Mahipala also inaugurated a medical relief camp and laboratory in Thatta, Sindh. This clinic is providing immunization services and the laboratory is offering free of cost medical tests for flood affectees.  Dr. Mahipala says that our great concerns are related to children and women because they are more prone to waterborne diseases like diarrhea.

WHO is making sure to help different provincial governments with the relief of people from flood areas. It is providing essential and life-saving medications, tablets that purify water, facemasks, and hand sanitizers. Other donations from WHO to the Sindh Government are mosquito nets and blankets.

At Thatta camp, medical specialists have treated more than 400 patients and also provided 18 mental counseling awareness sessions. Additionally, WHO has established seven emergency medical centers in North Punjab and some cities of KPK.

Due to disastrous situations in flood areas, there are chances that there will be medicine shortages along with a massive outbreak of waterborne diseases. WHO is trying to make sure the availability of medicines with the help of the provincial and federal governments.