In a continous effort to provide assistance to the people of southern Punjab, severely affected by recent floods, HOPE an NGO in Pakistan, performed a unique three-pronged activity in the region of Muzaffargarh.
1. HOPE organized and delivered ration and dry food-stuffs to as many as 600 families, all packed separately in polypropylene bags containing wheat flour, sugar , cooking oil, dry milk, tea etc. ~ enough for each family to last one month.
2. With the support of P&G, HOPE, a health oriented NGO in Pakistan, distributed thousands of sachets of P&G’s purifier of water along with water buckets and water coolers after giving the recipients full awareness and demonstrations as to the proper usage of the purifiers, storage and consumption of clean, pure water.
3. Lastly, and most importantly, two medical camps were set up at two different areas where medical help was most needed. People from near and far villages crowded these medical camps, received free medical consultations and free medicines. Patients helped ran into thousands as these medical camps were held for two full days.
From amongst the countless men, women and children, the common ailments seen and diagnosed were, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, gastroenteritis, vomiting and malnutrition. As per instructions from Dr Mubina Agboatwalla,child specialist in Karachi, medicines were provided to all the patients and instructions and awareness was given to all for personal hygiene and general cleanliness to be able to avoid contracting recurring contagious diseases.
It has been a general practice of Dr Mubina Agboatwalla, child specialist inKarachi and chairperson of HOPE to organize such medical camps and provide quick and much-needed medical help to the flood affectees of Punjab. Follow ups of serious cases is separately maintained and taken care of.