Gastro outbreak on the rise in flood-hit areas

Nov 30, -0001
Staff Report

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The number of patients suffering from gastroenteritis, skin ailments and other disorders at medical camps and hospitals has been increasing.

Over 500 gastroenteritis patients are admitted in government hospitals on a daily basis; while the number of patients suffering from skin ailments and eye diseases are also on rise.

Patients are troubled due to the non-availability of doctors, paramedical staff and medicines in relief camps.

The Pakistan government and aid agencies, including the UN, are struggling to provide relief to millions of homeless people. Food supplies have run short in several areas and officials say there is an urgent need to accelerate the provision of health care to prevent the rapid spread of diseases like diarrhoea and cholera.

Several deaths caused by waterborne diseases like gastroenteritis and cholera have been reported from the northwest and central parts of the country.

Nearly 16 people were killed or reported missing after a Peshawar-bound bus was swept away by flood waters in Punjab.

Five persons, including four children, died of gastroenteritis at a hospital in Sibi, Balochistan. Officials said 200 people suffering from the same disease had been admitted to the hospital. Nine others died of gastroenteritis and cholera in Dera Murad Jamali, Subhatpur and Dera Allahyar areas of Balochistan, officials said. SAMAA

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