WHO concerned over soaring diseases due to floods in Pak

The World Health Organization has raised fears of an imminent second waterborne disease disaster in Pakistan following devastating floods that have wreaked havoc in several parts of the country.

In a statement by WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the global health watchdog said water supplies had been cut in flood-hit areas of Pakistan, forcing people to drink unsafe water that could cause cholera and other diseases.

WHO has warned people in flood-hit areas of Pakistan, precisely in the worst-hit province of Sindh, to be extra cautious.

Tedros stressed Saturday that stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and spreads vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever, and urged donors to continue responding generously to “save lives and prevent more suffering.”

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Separately, the WHO director-general tweeted that he was “deeply concerned about the possibility of a second disaster in Pakistan, spreading disease and threatening lives after the floods,” and asked for urgent support to address the issue.

“If we act quickly to protect the health system and provide essential services, we can reduce the impact of this upcoming health crisis,” he tweeted.

The situation in Pakistan remains grim as devastating floods have wreaked havoc in the country, particularly in the Balochistan and Sindh provinces.

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At least 1,545 people were killed by the floods across Pakistan and an estimated 16 million children were affected.

The WHO immediately released $10 million from the WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies, allowing the global health agency to ship essential medicines and other supplies to the country.

The Sindh Health Department, meanwhile, said a total of 2.5 million patients had been treated at various medical camps in the province since July 1 to date, the Dawn newspaper reported.

Up to 594,241 patients were treated for skin diseases, followed by diarrhea (534,800), malaria (10,702), dengue (1,401) and other diseases (120,745.1), according to a report by the Sindh Directorate General Health Services.

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The report also showed that 90,398 patients were treated in the past 24 hours, of whom 17,919 had diarrhea, 19,746 had skin diseases, 695 had malaria and 388 had dengue fever.

Around 92,797 people were being treated in the province as of September 15, the newspaper reported.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the health department said its officials are already struggling to stem the spread of dengue hemorrhagic fever in the province’s flood-hit districts, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

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