WHO representative visits Swat and reviews health facilities for flood victims

Rapid health assessment of 13 flood affected districts in KP completed

The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative for Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, paid a one-day visit to the flood-affected areas of Swat district on Thursday and reviewed the facilities health for those affected. Accompanied by Swat District Health Officer, Dr. Muhammad Saleem Khan, he handed over medicines to DHO Swat for flood victims and visited health centers in Matta and Madain regions.

During the visit, he administered the polio vaccine to the children and also met the patients and children in the hospitals.

The delegation received a detailed briefing on the catastrophic flooding in Swat and the response and needs of the health department during the flood emergency. Speaking on the occasion, the WHO representative said WHO has completed the rapid health assessment of 13 flood-affected districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is providing comprehensive support, including the supply of medicines, of professional human resource equipment and services to KP Health Department.

At the end of the visit, he also inaugurated the Emergency Operations Center located at the DHO Swat office.

On the other hand, Battagram Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Irfanullah Mehsud said on Thursday that many complaints had been received from the public regarding load shedding and tripping of electricity, for which load management was needed in an emergency. .

He expressed these views while chairing a meeting. Tehsil Chairman Butgram Attaullah Khan Tarand, XEN and SDO Pesco, and other officials attended the meeting.

Executive Engineer (XEN) Pesco told the meeting that all supply lines were overloaded as each transformer had arrears of up to millions of rupees, and villagers were not installing meters and using electricity illegally.

It was decided at the meeting that people who use meters and pay their utility bills have the right to have electricity on schedule without tripping. Those without meters should be fitted with them as soon as possible, he added.

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