WHO official in Nasirabad, assures flood victims of assistance
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Palita Mahipala, ensured those affected by the floods in Balochistan on Monday that they would do their best to protect them from waterborne diseases.
Dr. Palita provided assurance during a one-day visit to a tent city in Nasirabad for flood victims.
It held meetings with local government officials and the department of health to assess the most urgent needs of displaced persons.
Palita said the floods had caused massive destruction in Balochistan and that those affected were in great need of special sanitation facilities and attention.
He said WHO had deployed teams in flood-devastated areas to help protect people from malaria, diarrhea, and skin diseases.
“We will not leave flood victims alone in these difficult times,” said Dr. Mahipala to the families.
WHO had established medical camps in many parts of Baluchistan and elsewhere in Pakistan.
The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Department of Health of Baluchistan and the Deputy Commissioner of Nasirabad.
Both officials briefed Dr. Mahipala on the flood situation and stressed the need for urgent measures to combat the spread of diseases in the camps.
The WHO representative was informed that the provincial health department, the Pakistani Army, and the Frontier Corps had set up medical camps in all areas affected by the floods and provided the best medical facilities available to disaster victims.