1,200 suffer from Gastroenteritis in Swat

    Saturday, 4th October 2008
    Jang - The International News

    MINGORA: The number of people suffering from cholera and diarrhoea in the militancy-stricken Swat Valley are constantly increasing as 1200 persons have been admitted to Saidu Sharif Hospital in the last three days.

    Sources said that more than 400 patients of cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases were brought to Saidu Sharif Hospital, raising the number of affected people to 1200 in the last three days. They included men, women and children.

    Doctors in Saidu Sharif hospital told The News that majority of the people were brought from Aman Kot, Faizabad, Malam Jabba and Mingora city. They said most of the people were affected by gastro was due to contaminated water of streams in these areas.

    There were unconfirmed reports of an elderly person killed due to the cholera in Sah Land area near Malam Jabba.However, the patients and attendants complained of inadequate facilities in the hospital and alleged there was only one doctor in the emergency to attend the increasing number of patients.

    “I am waiting for the doctor for the last three hours to attend to our patient,” Mahtab Khan, an attendant who brought his 10-year-old daughter to the hospital told The News. Meanwhile in Nowshera, Ummah Welfare Trust distributed cooked edibles among internally displaced people (IDPs) of Bajaur on the eve of Eid while a kitchen was also constructed for the effectees in the camp.The cooked food package was delivered to more than 1700 people, said Inayatullah, in-charge of the UWT.

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