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August 20, 2010

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DERA GHAZI KHAN

DERA GHAZI KHAN
Crowded hospitals unable to treat patients in flood areas
About 10,000 gastro patients brought to DG Khan in five days; Health Dept accused of embezzling UN-funded medicines
From Hasnain Qaisrani
DERA GHAZI KHAN: The flood-hit people suffering from gastroenteritis and other diseases are unable to get treatment after the city’s private hospitals refused to entertain them while government hospitals are already packed with patients.
The consumption of unhygienic meal and drinking water in the relief camps established by the district administration is leading to the out break of various diseases with gastroenteritis the most common. The private hospitals, which are already packed with patients, are now no more capable of handling patients that thronged Dera Ghazi Khan City from Jampur, Kot Addu, Taunsa Sharif, Rojhan, Fazalpur, Jatoi, Sinwan and Mehmoodkot. Medicines in government-run basic health units, rural health centres, government dispensaries, tehsil head quarter hospitals are getting short and the situation in the private sector is also not bearable for the poor patients to pay much more when their all belongings have been swept away.
Addressing a press conference, PMA district chapter secretary general Dr Jawad Zakauddin Ghauri, Dr Tahir Fareed Turk and Dr Abdul Latif Chandia alleged that the district administration and the Health Department were embezzling medicines donated and supplied by the UN via two C-130s for Dera Ghazi Khan and avoiding their distribution. They said that the people were forced to purchase medicines from the open market.
The PMA office-bearers said that a huge quantity of medicines had been stocked and not being issued to the flood relief camps. “It is an unjustified act as children being have been hit by viral and bacterial diseases,” they maintained.
They feared that the medicines donated by the UN might be sold in the open market rather than providing to poor patients having no capacity to pay for the medicines. They said that at least 10,000 gastro patients were brought to the city during the last five days, which reflected the intensity of the epidemics that erupted in the flood relief camps across the vast belt where the number of persons affected is being assessed over two million.
Sources revealed that the medicines purchased this year were yet to be supplied and had been kept at the main store of the office. A staffer deputed at emergency relief camps was even directed to take the available medicines from the nearest health centres while a majority of them is already asking the outdoor and indoor patients to purchase medicines from the open market. When contacted, the EDO Health denied all the charges, refusing to comment over the issue.
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