47,000 pregnant women in Sindh shelters says Ezra Pechuho

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Ezra Pechuho said at least 47,000 pregnant women are in shelter camps.

Speaking to Dawn News TV, the provincial minister said that lakhs of people have suffered from various diseases since the floods.

More than 134,000 diarrhea cases and 44,000 malaria cases have been reported in the province.

Dr. Ezra Pechuho said flood victims have reported over 1 lakh skin-related cases, 101 snake bites, and 500 dog bites.

He said Sindh is seeing more respiratory diseases.

Millions of people have been affected by the monsoon rains, but thousands of farmers, including women and children, have been displaced.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on August 30 that 73,000 pregnant women are among the 6.5 million pregnant women in flood-affected areas. A baby will need maternal health services this month.

Floods have damaged nearly 1 million homes and affected millions of people in Pakistan, according to the UN.

73,000 women are expected to give birth in September, requiring skilled midwives, newborn care, and support.

Pregnancy and childbirth cannot wait for emergencies or natural disasters to end because women and children are most vulnerable then.

In light of the rain-induced floods that killed more than 1,200 people, the government declared a ‘National Emergency’ on August 25.

| NADIR GURAMANI, Web Desk. “سندھ کے شیلٹر ہومز میں 47 ہزار حاملہ خواتین موجود ہیں، عذرا پیچوہو – Pakistan – Dawn News.” Dawn News Television, 4 Sept. 2022, www.dawnnews.tv/news/1187491.