Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the floods in Pakistan are living in the open, exposed to swarms of mosquitoes and other hazards. Despite the efforts of government and relief organisations, families need more food, shelter, medical assistance, medicines, and clean water. Stagnant floodwaters, covering hundreds of kilometres, may take up to six months to recede. There are widespread cases of skin and eye infections, diarrhoea, malaria, typhoid and dengue fever. On 24 September the Sindh provincial government said makeshift health facilities and mobile camps had treated over 78,000 patients in just 24 hours. Malaria spreads quickly around stagnant waters. The UN said malaria, typhoid and diarrhoea patients in large numbers were entering medical camps and hospitals; more medicine and test kits are needed. Families are forced to drink and cook with unsafe water. They need to drink to stay alive.
Pakistan: malaria and other diseases spreading fastWritten by David Fletcher 29 Sep 2022
- Pray: for shelters, medicines, and clean water to reach flood-hit regions to halt the sickness tearing through Pakistan, and for financial aid for those without homes, crops or livestock. (Psalm 34:17)
- More: www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/pakistan-flood-victims-hit-by-disease-outbreak-amid-stagnant-water-2022-09-21/