Dera Bugti relief efforts continue against Cholera

Pakistan Army pumping water from active ponds, 63 water bowsers active after chlorination confirms ISPR.

Dera Bugti, like most parts of Balochistan, is prone to severe drought plaguing the locals with insecurity and unemployment, and most recently an outbreak of Cholera. According to Baaghi TV reports, the Pakistan Army is currently engaged in relief operations across Dera Bugti, Balochistan.

According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), sixty-three water browsers have been installed in the area to provide clean drinking water to the local population comprising approximately 54 villages/killis/colonies. ISPR stated that the process of pumping water from active ponds has started after chlorination adding that the process will help to further facilitate relief facilities.

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Meanwhile, medical aid has been provided to nearly 3,500 patients affected by the outbreak of Cholera in the region. According to ISPR, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) have visited the affected areas and observed the relief activities.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has appointed Federal Minister for Housing Maulana Abdul Wasi as his special envoy for relief operations in Balochistan. According to the notification issued in this regard, the Prime Minister has taken this step to improve cooperation in forest firefighting operations in Sherani, Musa Khel districts of Balochistan, and the D.I. Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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It is pertinent to note that earlier, Commander 12 Corps Lieutenant General Sarfraz Ali visited the affected area and the Corps Commander along with the IGFC Balochistan (North) Major General Muhammad Yousuf Majoka, reviews the ongoing relief operations in the area. General Sarfraz Ali offered condolences and prayers to the families of the victims. The Corps Commander had directed the civil and FC administration to use all available resources to solve public problems and to improve the medical facilities as much as possible.

It is to be noted that the cholera/gastro and diarrhea outbreak in the Pir Koh area of ​​Dera Bugti is severely affecting the residents of this area. From April 13 to May 19, nearly 3,335 cases of cholera, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis have been reported in Pir Koh, out of which 276 cases were reported on the same day, 19th May, and approximately 451 record cases of this epidemic were reported on 13th May. The majority of patients infected with the cholera epidemic are women and children.

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According to reports, the major cause of the outbreak is confirmed to be the “unavailability of clean water” and the consequent use of contaminated water. According to official figures, 3,335 cases of cholera were reported in one month till May 19, which resulted in eight deaths, but according to independent local sources, the number of people affected by this epidemic is many times higher.

Additionally, according to the 2017 census official figures, about 8% of the 40,629 population of Pir Koh has been affected by the cholera epidemic. However, given the ongoing situation in the region, this trend has not stopped. The number of people affected by the cholera epidemic will increase further in the coming days.

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