The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed worry about an upcoming “second disaster” of water-borne diseases that are ready to spread throughout the country, particularly in the flood-affected areas of Sindh.
On Saturday, in a statement, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged donors to “save lives and avoid more suffering” as a possible wave of diseases and deaths awaited the nation already struggling to deal with the devastation brought on by the catastrophe.
Deeply concerned about the potential for a 2nd disaster in #Pakistan, spreading disease and threatening lives following the flooding. If we act quickly to protect the health system and deliver essential services, we can reduce the impact of this impending health crisis. pic.twitter.com/4JbyY0gP6r
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) September 17, 2022
He also emphasized how polluted water consumption in flood-affected areas was causing an increase in illnesses like cholera, malaria, dengue, and other diarrheal disorders.
He argued that taking immediate action to avert the calamity can greatly lower the danger and mentioned that the organization will be stepping up disease surveillance in the area to stop outbreaks.
On Saturday, 37 more individuals died because of floods, bringing the total number of fatalities from the disaster to 1,545.
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) data shows that five people died in Balochistan and 32 people died in Sindh.
The overall number of injured people now stands at 12,850 after at least 92 people, including 91 in Sindh and one in Gilgit-Baltistan, were injured within the same time period.