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UNICEF hands over essential medicines for flood relief

UNICEF hands over essential medicines for flood relief

UNICEF hands over essential medicines for flood relief

The shipment arrived in Karachi from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen

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KARACHI: UNICEF delivered 32 metric tons of life-saving medical and other emergency supplies to support children and women affected by devastating floods across Pakistan.

The shipment arrived in Karachi from UNICEF’s Supply Division in Copenhagen. The shipment includes medicines, medical supplies, water purifying tablets, safe delivery kits, and therapeutic nutritional supplements.

UNICEF handed over the supplies to the Government of Pakistan, represented by Sindh Province’s Ministry of Health and Population Welfare. The supplies will be immediately dispatched to children and families in some of the 72 hardest-hit districts.

“The floods have left children and families out in the open with no access to the basic necessities of life,” said Abdullah Fadil, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan. “This shipment is critical and life-saving, but only a drop in the ocean of what is required.”

He warned of the risk of an outbreak of water-borne diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dengue, and malaria as people are forced to drink contaminated water and practice open defecation.

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“The dangers of mosquitoes, snakebites, skin and respiratory diseases are also increasing. We need urgent support to help children grappling for survival.”

A second shipment of 34 metric tons of humanitarian supplies is expected to arrive on Tuesday, carrying medicines to treat parasitic infections, resuscitation and sterilization kits, micronutrients for pregnant women, educational supplies, and recreational kits to help children cope with trauma.

Using pre-positioned emergency supplies, UNICEF said it has delivered immediate emergency services and supplies worth over US$ 2 million over the past week.

These included drinking water, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, medicines, vaccines, therapeutic nutritional supplements for children, pregnant and lactating women, and mosquito nets.

As part of the UN flash appeal of $160 million to support the national flood response, UNICEF is appealing for $37 million to reach children and families in need of life-saving support.

 

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