Prime Minister Directs Activation of National Health Emergency Response Unit

Islamabad: Taking serious notice of the spreading of water borne diseases in the flood hit areas of Sindh, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has directed the Cabinet Division to immediately activate the National Health Emergency Response Unit for extending full support to the Government of Sindh for prevention as well as cure of these diseases.

The Prime Minister directed the Chairman NDMA to start immediate Arial spray in the affected areas to stop the further spreading of these diseases.

The Prime Minister further directed the Chairman NDMA to provide allot support to the Government of Sindh for provision of required medicines for the flood affected people. He also directed for enhance supplies of all relief items to the affected areas on emergency basis.

The Prime Minister gave the above directions in a meeting with Chairman National Disaster Management Authority, Dr. Zafar Qadir, at PM’s House here this afternoon.

In his briefing the Chairman NDMA informed that on the special directions of the Prime Minister a meeting has been held with the tent producers in the country in which it was decided that all available stock in the market (15000 tents) in the country would be immediately lifted. It was also decided that one lakh tents would be manufactured till September 25 for their distribution in the flood affectees.

He further informed that one hundred hand spray pumps have been purchased by the Federal Government for their utilization in the flood affected areas to prevent the water borne diseases.

About the ration packs distributed by the NDMA on behalf of the Federal Government, the Chairman NDMA apprised that till date six lakh packs have been dispatched. The Federal Government has provided 8.5 million aqua tablets and one million hygiene kits in the flood affected areas.

He informed that 40000 mosquitoes net, 40000 blankets and 10 rescue boats have also been provided by the Federal Government through the NDMA to the Provincial Government for the flood affected areas. He informed that 25,000 jerry cans, 10,000 buckets, 35,000 plastic sheets and 8000 water coolers have also been distributed so far.

The Chairman NDMA apprised the Prime Minister that the Federal Government has spent a total of1.5 billion rupees on the rescue and relief operation in the flood affected areas of Sindh so far. He also informed that on the special directions of the Prime Minister the NDMA has posted 11 officers in the 11 affected district of Sindh for coordination and supervision of the relief and rescue operations.

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