Preparing for the worst: SIUT Sukkur ready to help flood victims

Facility in-charge claims they have stocked on medicines and other materials ahead of the floods.


Our Correspondent August 05, 2013
Dr Iqbal said that, apart from these measures, the SIUT had also made preparations to set up relief camps on the sites in the worst-hit areas.

SUKKUR: Bearing in mind the devastating floods of 2010 and the heavy losses due to rains in 2011 and 2012, the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplant (SIUT) has made all precautionary arrangements to cope with any emergency situations if required.

This was stated by the SIUT Sukkur in-charge, Dr Iqbal, while speaking to The Express Tribune on Monday. He said that they had received instructions from the head office in Karachi to stock up on the medicines which were mostly needed by flood victims. Dr Iqbal explained that people affected by floods, especially children, generally suffered from high fever, diarrhoea, skin diseases and eye infections - therefore, they had stocked up on these medicines.

Dr Iqbal said that, apart from these measures, the SIUT had also made preparations to set up relief camps on the sites in the worst-hit areas so that medical attention could be provided immediately to the victims. He said that the SIUT had enough space to accommodate a large number of victims and was well equipped with modern facilities being provided to patients free of charge.

He said that patients, once admitted at the SIUT, were the hospital’s responsibility and were provided with best medical treatment options available. The facilities provided to the patients included free check-ups, medicines, operations, dialysis, lithotripsy, laboratory tests, X-rays and ultrasound.

Speaking about the fund-raising campaign, Dr Iqbal said that people should donate generously for the institute. He said in the month of Ramazan, the institute ran a fund raising campaign through which they appealed to the well-off to donate generously for the noble cause. Every single rupee donated to the institute was spent for the treatment of the poor and needy, he assured. The donors, he said, can directly send their donations to the SIUT’s Karachi office or can deposit with in Sukkur as well.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2013.

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