By Sardar Khan Niazi
The unprecedented floods have killed 1,545 people, including 552 children, across Pakistan, inundated millions of acres of land and affected 33 million people. The floods damaged 1.8 million homes across the country, washed away roads and destroyed nearly 400 bridges.
Pakistan, with the support of the UN and its partners, is racing against time to help those in need. The worst effect of the floods has been on infrastructure, including health facilities.
Damaged road links have blocked the movement of people and goods between different parts of the country, hampering relief and relief activities and hampering the transport of medicines, and halted vaccination campaigns in flood-affected areas.
While the torrential rains have stopped and flood waters are drained away from towns and villages, standing water is currently on lower ground, breeding dangerous mosquitoes and germs that cause malaria, dengue and other infectious diseases, including COVID-19. infection in certain areas.
People affected by the floods are temporarily living in relief camps and are in dire need of basic necessities including clean drinking water, medicine, nutritious food and a healthy environment.
Additionally, hundreds of thousands of breastfeeding mothers are unable to feed their children due to food shortages while half a million pregnant women struggle with the worst effects of displacement, malnutrition and lack of facilities. basic health and maternity services in relief and flood camps. hit rural areas.
Currently, a sharp increase in cases of dengue fever, malaria and stomach diseases are on the rise in areas affected by floods in recent days. The government has mobilized significant resources to overcome the new challenge by establishing dedicated infectious disease hospitals and lowering dengue testing fees.
The government has also cracked down on hoarders, profiteers and black dealers involved in hoarding and black marketing of essential medicines amid floods that have damaged nearly 2,000 health facilities in Sindh, Balochistan and South Punjab. .
The World Health Organization (WHO) has repeatedly alarmed Pakistani authorities over the impending outbreak. He also sounded the alarm about the disaster in Pakistan’s flood-affected areas following unprecedented floods, which killed more than hundreds of people and submerged a third of the country’s land.
The global health agency has become deeply concerned about a wave of illnesses and deaths following this climate-induced disaster which has severely affected vital health systems, seriously injuring millions of very vulnerable people in regions submerged.
Pakistan’s valiant armed forces and civil administration are already battling the situation, but these efforts require more focus and liaison with WHO and the global community to defeat the outbreak.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed deep concern as he urged donors to continue to respond generously to save more lives. Acting quickly to protect health and provide essential health services, and reduce the impact of this approaching health crisis, different nations and global charities are playing their part.
US President Joe Biden, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, made a fervent appeal for the extension of aid to Pakistan where floods have caused enormous damage. “Pakistan is still under water, needs help,” the president told the 193-member assembly during his high-level debate on the adverse effects of climate change.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with the US President’s special envoy for climate, John Kerry, expressed his gratitude for the immediate American aid following the devastating floods in Pakistan.
Pakistan needs the continued support of the international community, not only in the immediate recovery and relief efforts, but also during the subsequent phase of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Pakistan thanks everyone for strongly advocating for the Pakistani flood relief effort.