Karachi: Health experts on Wednesday said the federal and provincial governments could not devise a proper mechanism to properly accommodate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps with medical facilities.
This was informed by Ex-Member Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) Dr Shershah Syed while talking to PPI. He said federal and provincial governments could not devise a plan to accommodate IDPs in camps with medical facilities. He said children and women were suffering from food poisoning and diarrhea diseases in camps due to lack of drinking water and hygienic food. He said pregnant women also needed proper diet and health facilities for their survival.
He said there was acute shortage of proper medical facilities in camps. He said although situation of IDPs was much better in Pakistan Army established camps where the people were being provided proper food, health facilities and water but the camps established by federal government lacked basic facilities and it seemed that government could not make proper strategy to handle the IDPs in camps.
He informed that Pakistan Medical Association had also established medical camps for IDPs. Shershah said people were facing socio-economic problems as there was dire need to handle the situation in proper way. He urged the authorities concerned to increase the medical facilities in camps set up for IDPs.
President Pakistan Pediatric Association (PPA) Prof Dr Iqbal Memon said Sindh government had started vaccination of IDPs children coming from North Waziristan to Karachi at entrance points and also areas where they settled in the city. He said efforts of provincial authorities were highly commendable. He said vaccination of IDPs children help reduce the risk of developing diseases among these children.
He said around 0.9 million people were displaced in ongoing operation in North Waziristan who have been settled in camps, out of which 0.3 milllion were children. He informed that PPA had established medical ward for in Bannu to provide treatment to IDPs children.
He said hundreds of IDPs had settled in Karachi slums and other parts of Sindh. He stressed the need of vaccination of children to prevent them from diseases.
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