WHO will ensure provision of essential health services in flood-affected areas


ISLAMABAD: the World Health Organization has provided continued essential health services in flood-affected areas of the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Islamabad, the World Health Organization’s representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, said the WHO was working on a plan to help with future preparedness. have effective health systems.

The WHO country chief said his organization was fully aware of the devastation caused by the recent floods in Pakistan.

He said the floods had caused severe damage to the delivery of health services resulting in various health risks. He added that an upward trend has been observed in the affected areas for various diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, malaria, dengue fever, skin infections and typhoid.

“Under the leadership of national and provincial authorities, WHO acted swiftly with partners and took urgent action to ensure the continued delivery of essential health services and supported the Government of Pakistan in restoring health systems. through the build back better approach,” he said. added.

He said a tremendous amount of work has been done by health workers in flood-affected areas. He also appreciated the federal and provincial governments for providing basic health care services to flood victims.

He said that in view of the devastation of the floods, WHO has expanded its field operations by establishing three operational centers in Naseerabad, Sukkhar and Hyderabad, and 10 emergency operations centers in flood-affected areas. floods in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He added that the WHO provided support worth US$618,048.08 million in terms of essential drugs, emergency stocks, medical supplies, water purification kits, reservoirs , tents and bags. Between provinces, support has been distributed in response to the flood emergency, he said.

Dr Palitha said WHO was supporting more than 2,000 medical camps to ensure people have access to basic and essential health services and added that WHO had redirected mobile health teams to districts affected by the floods to conduct outreach and facility-based medical services, including maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), psychosocial and nutritional support.

He said the WHO also ensures women’s access to safe childbirth. Referral systems were supported, including for women who have pregnancy complications and those who have medical or surgical emergencies.

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