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Pakistan: Crisis in NWFP - Health Cluster Bulletin no. 20

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- Security issues have driven more families from South Waziristan and Orakzai Agency to nearby districts. As of 29 December, 2009, there are 56 137 families or 439 202 individuals living with host communities in Dera Ismail Khan, Tank and Kohat Districts. (Source: Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees and National Data Base Authority.)

- Shifting of IDPs in the line with closure process of Kacha Gari camp 2, Peshawar district, to Jalozai camp was completed in the third week of December with all 1732 families or 11,940 individuals safely relocated A total of 406 DEWS health facilities reported (between 19 to 25 December, 2009) 130 224 consultations. From 37 health facilities, there were 924 visits for antenatal care, 1 106 consultations for chronic non-communicable diseases and 235 consultations for injuries. Since the onset of crises (Aug 08 to date there are 3,263,082 registered consultations with 1,831,831 (56%) female consultations, male consultations were 1,431,251 (44%) and 757,923 (23%) children less than 5 years of age reported from over 500 health facilities.

- Between 19 and 25 December, 4 alerts (2 suspected measles, 1 suspected acute Flaccid Paralysis and 1 suspected H1N1 respectively) were reported from conflict affected districts Swat and Buner in NWFP. The DEWS teams have investigated the situation for all the diseases, samples were carried for H1N1 and sent to National Institute of Health, Islamabad. Acute upper respiratory tract infection was the leading cause of morbidity from most of the districts

- The Health Department (DoH) of NWFP with the technical and financial support of WHO conducted an assessment of public health facilities in Tank district. The assessment was carried out by the health personnel of EDO (H) Tank

- The Health Cluster has prepositioned life saving medicines which are a package of emergency, cholera, maternal health essential drugs to Dera Ismail Khan and Tank districts. These medicines are sufficient for the population of 307 000 for two months period. The details of these medicines are 44 mini emergency Kits (MEHK), 5 interagency kits health kits (IEHK) and 3 cholera kits.

- Provision of reproductive health care services in Lower Dir, Swat and Tank district is being given priority by Cluster members. Last week of December, 09, a total of 984 patients consulted Reproductive health services. This includes 151 antenatal consultations, 44 postnatal consultations, 41 deliveries, 1 post abortion care, 2 family planning consultations Also 252 Hygiene kits were distributed to help improve menstrual and personal hygiene of females.