Highlights 23–29 August 2013
- According to the National Disaster Management Authority, 1.3 million people have been affected by the floods, 193 people have died and 31 355 people are living in 512 relief camps in the flood-affected districts.
- WHO has provided essential medicines support to 165 693 people through customized kits, including emergency health kits, diarrhoeal disease kits, hygiene kits, and other supplies including anti-malarial drugs, anti-snake venom, and rapid diagnostic kits. The medicines stock is depleting and need to be replenished.
- Stagnant water in flood-affected areas is posing threat for increase in malaria, dengue and other waterborne diseases.
- Acute watery diarrhoea in flood-affected districts of Punjab is showing increasing trend which needs vigilant monitoring. Total 25 alerts were received and appropriate measures were taken. Altogether 5 each alerts were received for measles and scabies; 4 for dengue fever; 2 each for acute watery diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection, Crimean–Congo haemorrhagic fever, and typhoid; while 1 alert each for acute jaundice syndrome, bloody diarrhoea and rabies. Increasing trend of skin diseases have been reported from Rajanpur and Sialkot. Diphtheria cases are on the rise in Punjab. To date, 18 cases of clinical diphtheria have been reported, of which 9 have been reported the during current monsoon season.
- In Sindh, the overall proportion of acute diarrhoea is high as compared to the previous year during the same reporting period. During the current monsoon season 15 acute watery diarrhoea outbreaks were identified and responded but the situation needs continuous monitoring in the province.
Health situation report, Pakistan floods, 2013 Issue 7, 19 August, 2013 [pdf 588kb] | Diarrhoeal cases, diarrheal rapid response teams, diarrhoeal disease kit distribution in flood-affected districts as of August 19, 2013