Major health concerns at the moment are the control of waterborne diseases, including diarrhoeal diseases and respiratory infections, treating the injured, helping to ensure the quality of clean drinking water and ensuring public access to health facilities with the emphasis on increasing the number of female health workers.
Many health facilities destroyed
About 46 of Pakistan's 135 districts have been affected by the flooding. At least 39 health facilities have been destroyed, resulting in a loss of tons of medicines. There is a tremendous need for more medical and related materials to treat people affected by the humanitarian emergency, as well as to immunize children, particularly against polio and measles.
Static and mobile medical teams are providing outreach services to affected areas especially with maternal, neonatal and child health, nutrition and psychosocial support. By the end of 2 August, dozens of mobile teams and fixed health facilities had treated more than 15 000 patients, many of whom were suffering from diarrhoea.
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