Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has issued directions to the federal and provincial governments for emergency steps to be taken to control the outbreak of cholera in Dera Bugti’s Pir Koh tehsil in Balochistan.
Radio Pakistan reported that the prime minister had given orders for the provision of food, clean drinking water, medicines and other assistance to the victims of the disease.
The actions of the premier follow a protest rally in Pir Koh taken out by people who had fallen victim to cholera as a result of no access to clean drinking water.
The protestors blocked the road towards the gas plant and chanted slogans against the local administration and the government.
Local tribal elders stated that the cholera outbreak was the result of the absence of clean drinking water, adding that they had no option but to drink contaminated water.
Protestors stated that no steps had been taken by the government for provision of clean drinking water, despite protests for two days. They added that around a dozen people, including children, had fallen victim to the cholera outbreak in Pir Koh.
Meanwhile, health officials have confirmed that six people have died till now.
Balochistan Health Secretary Mohammad Saleh told local media that the victims included three children, and that teams of doctors and paramedics had reached the area with the essential medicines and a medical camp had been set up.
Local media citing Dera Bugti District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Azam Bugti reported that the total number of cholera patients was 2,577.