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Flood: Palestinian medical team in D I Khan 

D.I.KHAN: A 27-member medical team comprising specialist doctors and paramedics is in Dera Ismail Khan on a seven-day visit to provide medical services to the flood-affected people in the district, District Health Officer (DHO) Mehmood Jan said here on Wednesday (21st of September, 2022).

Taking to the Twitter Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated: “Deeply touched by Palestinians’ gesture of sending their Rapid Response & Rescue team to help flood victims in Pakistan. It is a reflection of a strong bond of love & brotherhood we have for each other. We will never forget this gesture. Grateful to President Mahmoud Abbas.”

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Talking to the Media, DHO informed the Palestinian team held free medical camps in Daraban, Kulachi and Paroa with the cooperation of district health office.

He said the Palestinian team providing free medical check-up and treatment facilities to the people affected by the worst flood of the country’s history.

Besides this, the district health office has set up 13 free medical camps in different flood affected areas with the cooperation of UNICEF, the DHO said.

He said the flood victims were being provided with free medical check-up and medicines.

Moreover, he said, Aga Khan Hospital Karachi had doubled the number of medical camps, which it provide the D I Khan district on monthly basis.

He said Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi used to give 25 medical camps to Dera Ismail Khan, which has been increased to 50 medical camps due to flash floods in the district.

The DHO said that the diarrhea was spread in various flood-affected areas which was controlled successfully.

However, now the people were facing skin related issues while 5 to 10 percent people have gone into depression, he added.

“The unavailability of the safe drinking water was the major reason behind all the diseases in these areas,” the DHO said and added that Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) and Public Health Department had been informed and requested to make arrangements for provision of safe drinking water in flood-affected areas.

He said the district health office has provided chlorine tablets to the people, adding, each tablet could to make the seven litter water safe for drinking.

He feared that if the provision of safe drinking water in flood affected areas was not ensured the people could face major health issues.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.