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AFP
September 3, 2010
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2,162 doctors, paramedics register

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AFP
September 3, 2010

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Islamabad
Responding to a call from the Ministry of Health, 2,162 medical doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedics have gotten themselves registered with the National Health Volunteers Programme to be able to pool in their share towards the provision of health services to flood-stricken Pakistanis.
Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahabuddin launched the National Health Volunteers Programme at the National Health Emergency, Preparedness and Response Network (NHEPRN) here on Wednesday. The cell is located within the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari and Chief of Health Emergency Dr. Jehanzeb Aurakzai, along with representatives of the World Health Organisation and other agencies, were present on the occasion. The minister was briefed that the National Health Volunteers Programme has been initiated on directions of the Prime Minister to address the gap in trained medical human resource to cater to the health needs of the flood victims.
The Ministry of Health floated an advertisement in national newspapers, calling on doctors, nurses, technicians and paramedics to become health volunteers in order to help their flood-stricken fellow Pakistanis in need. “A total of 2,162 medical doctors, nurses, technicians and para-medics responded to the call and registered themselves with the Ministry of Health,” the minister was informed. These volunteers were provided necessary training by a joint team of WHO and the Ministry of Health.
The deployment of teams is set to begin from Friday, with teams proceeding initially to Nowshera and Charsadda. The teams are to be stationed at the 18 worst-affected districts. Each team will comprise two doctors (male and female), one dispenser or dresser, and one nurse, midwife or lady health worker. The teams will be tasked to carry out essential curative care, provide reproductive healthcare, vaccination services, collection of disease surveillance data and health

education of the victims.
Addressing the ceremony, Shahabuddin appreciated the spirit of the volunteering doctors who have committed themselves to the service of humanity in this hour of trial. “We are confident that these volunteers would fill the existing gap in medical services,” he remarked. The minister praised the NDMA and the media in helping the nation come to terms with a crisis of great magnitude. He committed that every effort is being made in collaboration with partner agencies to ensure access to safe drinking water in order to prevent the affected population from water-borne diseases.
PPI adds: Ambassador of Royal Kingdom of Thailand, Marut Jitpatima, presented two cheques amounting to US$75,000 donated by Royal Thai Government and Rs86,000 donated by the Thai Embassy, in Islamabad, for relief of flood victims to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Royal Thai Red Cross has also handed over a cheque of US$ 50,000 to the Red Cross of Pakistan; the Thai people have donated Baht 6.2 million through a special television programme; the owner of a Thai firm located in Lahore has donated Rs300,000 for the flood victims and the Royal Thai government is considering to despatch a plane load of medicines and plastic tents worth Rs15 million.

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