Water, vector-borne diseases on rise in Sindh’s flood relief camps


Gastro claims six lives in Khairpur

Different water and vector-borne diseases have broken out in the relief camps set up for the flood-hit people of Sindh, says a report on Sunday. In Hyderabad district, the Health Department has accelerated the provision of medicines to the people in the relief camps amid the spread of various diseases.

During the last 24 hours, 128 people have fallen prey to diarrhea and 204 people to skin diseases at the relief camps. There have also been reported 24 cases of eye infection and 17 confirmed cases of malaria, according to the Health Department. As many as 149 people have complained about respiratory infection, whereas, 206 people have complained to have been suffering from other diseases. According to the Health Department, 882 people have been given medical facilities during the last 24 hours. Similarly, various diseases have broken out in Qambar Shahdadkot district.

The number of patients suffering from malaria, gastroenteritis and diarrhea is increasing. The Sindh government has established a temporary medical camp in the area. Meanwhile at least six persons in flood relief camps in Khairpur district, including five children, died by gastroenteritis in 24 hours on Sunday.

Sindh Health Department in an alarming report, earlier said that over one million people in flood-affected areas of Sindh have been infected by various diseases including gastroenteritis. Two children Asifa 8, and Wakeela 2 died by gastro in Kotdiji taluka of Khairpur. An unnamed three-year girl died in Thari Mirwah, while two children and a woman died flood camps in Faiz Ganj and Nara talukas of the district. Recently a patient of gastroenteritis dies in Garhi Khairo here in the flood-affected area.

The number of dead by contagious diseases at Taluka Hospital Garhi Khairo has reached to seven, hospital sources said. According to the statistics issued by Sindh Health Department, as many as 1,079,000 people were suffering from infectious diseases after heavy rains and subsequent floods wreaked havoc in the province. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in a visit to flood affected areas said that the government providing medicines required for prevention of dengue fever. “People also facing diarrhea, gastroenteritis and other diseases apart of dengue in flood affected areas”, he added.—INP


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