Government provides medical facilities for 70,000 patients in relief camps: Pechuho

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Sindh Health Minister Dr. Ezra Fazal Pechuho said on Tuesday that medical facilities were being provided to 70,000 patients a day in the relief camps and more than 0.8 million patients had been treated since July.

KARACHI, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – September 6, 2022): Sindh Health Minister Dr. Ezra Fazal Pechuho said on Tuesday that medical facilities were being provided to 70,000 patients a day in the relief camps and that more than 0.8 million patients have been treated since July.

Addressing a press conference at the Sindh Assembly building, he informed that more than 16,000 cases of malaria have been reported in the relief camps in addition to numerous complaints of diarrhoea, respiratory and skin diseases .

She informed that the Department of Health has set up mobile units and medical camps in each district affected by the floods where medicines for the treatment of infectious diseases were available in sufficient quantity.

Efforts are underway to increase the number of doctors in the camps, she said, adding that “we are doing our best to move pregnant women from the camp to hospitals and available ambulances were being used for this purpose.

The minister added that the affected patients coming to Karachi were being transported to the hospital while ensuring that the Health Department ambulances took every patient to the hospital.

The minister said that the flood caused irreparable damage to the province, as ready crops were destroyed, more than 1200 health centers were flooded, infrastructure was completely destroyed, the irrigation system is in disarray and communications facilities are severely damaged.

Efforts are being made to monitor relief operations transparently, but access to affected areas is difficult and monitoring is also not easy, she said and stressed that it was time to serve the people above politics.

The Sindh minister thanked the Punjab government for sending doctors and medical personnel for the relief. She informed that the medicines sent by UNICEF had been received and that the supply of these medicines would start the next day.

Responding to a question, she said the number of dengue fever cases was on the rise in Karachi, but no deaths were reported. So far, 2,000 cases of dengue have been reported, but most patients were on home treatment, she added.

On another question, she said 112 snakebite cases were reported across the province while the venom vaccine was available to treat patients.

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