On Monday, 19 September twelve more flood victims passed away due to gastro and malaria in different locations of Dadu and Kandhkot-Kashmore districts.
According to the authorities, 7600 gastro patients were admitted to local hospitals in the previous month. They said that ten of the twelve people killed were minors.
At least six people died of gastroenteritis on September 18 at a flood relief camp in Khairpur district, including five children. In Garhi Khairo, a patient with gastroenteritis died as a result of the flooding.
It should be noted that during the flood disaster, the majority of the physicians at Garhi Khairo hospital were missing. According to hospital sources, “the hospital has a total of 16 physicians, two of whom have been gone for an extended period of time, one of whom is on leave, and just three to four of the other 13 medics attend to their tasks.”
Dr. Ahmed Ali Samejo, DHO of Dadu, stated that six health department and PPHI teams were working in Mehar and 16 other sections of the district. He claimed the teams had treated 135,000 people in the previous 19 days.
According to district administration authorities, 80 individuals deceased from illnesses and inundation in the district amid heavy rains and floods, including 39 children.
According to sources, two flood victims named Akbar Solangi and Imtiaz Qambrani died of gastroenteritis and malaria in Sita village near Mehar town.
Misri Khoso, three, died at a tent city for IDPs at Shafi Mohammad Colony, while Rahim Chandio, eleven, died at a camp near the bypass in Mehar town.
Shah Rukh Khan, a local artist, and merchant Atta Mohammad Chandio died of gastroenteritis and malaria in Mehar, while two ladies, Amanat Jamali and Budhi Jamali, died of malaria in Bukhar Jamali hamlet near Wahi Pandhi town.
The deaths from the two illnesses in K.N. Shah and its surrounding region had risen to eight in the last five days, while the number of deaths in Mehar taluka had risen to nine.
So far, gastro and malaria have been identified as the leading cause of mortality among internally displaced people living in deplorable conditions in relief camps and flooded areas.
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