500 women, children hit by water-borne illnesses

Around 500 women and children are suffering from various diseases in a relief camp set up in Quetta.

Shezad Baloch August 20, 2010

QUETTA: Around 500 women and children are suffering from various diseases in a relief camp set up in Quetta for Balochistan’s flood survivors.

“They are suffering from illnesses such as gastroenteritis, diarrhoea and skin scabies,” Dr Lubna Adnan of the Bolan Medical Complex Teaching Hospital told The Express Tribune at a relief camp on the Eastern Bypass of Quetta.

The camp, set up four days ago by the Balochistan Rural Support Programme (BRSP) and the local administration, houses more than 150 affected families that were previously living out on the road without any relief or medical aid. As many as 1,400 people, including 500 children, live in the camp.

“Three children and three girls are suffering from gastroenteritis. One of them is in serious condition,” Dr Adnan said. She said that there were a number of people with water-borne and skin diseases and proper medical care was being provided to them.

Dr Adnan said that a lack of awareness on the part of both children and parents was causing problems. “The children drank polluted water because of which they contracted gastroenteritis and other diseases,” she said.

BRSP representative Naseer Shah said that they had notified the provincial government of their need of medicine and other necessities. “The BRSP had conducted an assessment survey within the camp about diseases that are spreading and procured the medicines themselves,” he said, adding that the BRSP was collecting more data on the problems of flood survivors.

Shah said that more than 30 pregnant women were living at the camp, who could go into labour within a month, but assured that they will be provided proper treatment and medical care.

According to an NGO active in the area, more than 200,000 survivors are currently living in Quetta. Many flood-affected people can be seen living along the roads.

The local administration has so far registered 1,521 families who they say have come from Jacobabad and Naseerabad divisions. The administration has established three relief camps in Quetta and, according to the city’s commissioner Naseem Ahmed Lehri, officials are trying to locate people who have come to Quetta to flee flooding in their regions. He said that three separate relief camps have been set up especially for minorities.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2010.


tauseef | 11 years ago | Reply This camp houses 150 families and over 500 women and children are suffering from water-borne diseases. The articla cites hollow promises about taking care of women who will be going into labor in a month's time. And we are talking of families who have found their way into a relief camp with doctors available. I'd leave the comparison for others to make. We are talking of 20 million direct affectees and even if 2 million of them are worst affected. What human catastrophe are we looking at! I wanted to laugh when Gen Kiyani said that the army was disoatching ateam of 100 doctors to the affected areas! One hundred doctors for 20 million people! And he is the all powerful individual in the country. Let's have a look at Zardari and Co, they seem to mind the setting up of an apolitical body to see over the transparent use of funds. And the Americans have to push us to accept the $5 million aid from Indians. Hahaha... What kind of people have we produced in the country. What is the quality of leadership that we have produced. I'm not hopeless though, any leader who the people judge as having not performed his role in a proper manner with whatever limited resources they have, will face a nasty future.
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