Red Crescent provides half month ration, 3-month medical care to drought-hit Tharparker families

Report
from Pakistan Red Crescent Society
Published on 17 Mar 2014 View Original

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) keeping in view the worst situation in drought affected areas of Tharparker has provided half-month ration to 5000 drought-hit families besides provision of medical care for three months.

The food package was distributed by the PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi along with Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar during his visit to the affected areas.

The food package for each family include flour, rice, spilt chickpea pulse, pink lentil, ghee, sugar, tea, salt and mineral water. The food package also includes 82000 nutrition packs for the affectees keeping in view the problems of malnutrition in children and women. Each pack of nutrition contains 24 packets and the total no of the nutrition packets provided to the affectess is two million.

Besides the relief items, the Society has also set up medical camps in the affected areas while a basic health is also functional to provide medical assistance to the affectees. The medical camps are vaccinating people to combat any major problem.

Dr Saeed Elahi on the occasion said that PRCS will make all efforts to mitigate the suffering of the victims and will continue supporting them and more relief in terms of household and health will be provided on need basis. He said that the PRCS stands with the victims of the drought and will stay in the area till the rehabilitation of the victims.

Elahi said that the aim of his visit to the area is to personally get the first hand information about the pressing needs of the affectees and respond in a more befitting manner.

Elahi said as a long term policy the Red Crescent will set up clean water supplies and health units.

He also directed the officials to spare no effort in providing the relief to the victims within available resources and stressed the need for well-coordinate efforts so that maximum relief could be provided to the victims.

PRCS Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar said that the National Headquarters is coordinating with Sindh Branch and all efforts are being made to provide relief to the victims. He said that the Branch has been asked to provide maximum support to the victims and the NHQ will provide all out support in case of any further request from the branch.

Dr Mahboob said that In health response, the Society one (each) Mobile Health Unit and Basic Health Unit has been setup in Mithi, which is being run by lady doctors, doctors and other paramedical staff of Sindh Provincial Branch. Medicines worth PKR 4.7 million for these health setups have been dispatched from NHQ for three months. He said that the PRCS health teams have so far provided health services to hundreds of victims and the most common problems identified are malnutrition, gastroenteritis and chest infections.

He said that the PRCS initiated its relief operation by sending its assessments teams from District Branch Mithi and Sindh Provincial Branch and as per initial rapid assessment of 2 x tehsils (Mithi and Diplo) some 5000 families have been identified, while more assessments of other affected areas is going on.

He said that the PRCS Disaster Management Cell in Mithi is very much active in the drought-hit areas.

PRCS Sindh Branch Secretary Kanwar Waseem and Director Operations Ghulam Muhammad Awan were also present on the occasion.