198 internally displaced families residing in Pirpiyai camp

    Friday, 29th Aug 2008
    Associated Press of Pakistan

    PESHAWAR, Aug 28 (APP): As many as 198 internally displaced families comprising 1400 individuals including males, females and children due to Bajaur operation are residing in a camp set up by the NWFP government at Pirpiyai in Nowshera District.

    More than two hundred tents have been erected inside the premises of Govt: Girls High High School Pir Piyai to accommodate the IDPs. Besides, the building of the school is also being utilized.

    Talking to local press, a representative of District Coordination Officer Nowshera, Tehsildar Abdul Hamid. told that special arrangements have been made for the accommodation, medical facilities, food and other basic needs of the IDPs. Different government departments of provincial and district governments, FATA secretariat, Pakistan Red Crescent Society NWFP, Edhi Welfare Trust, Ummah Welfare Trust and other private organization were taking active part in the relief activities that cost more than Rs.50000 per day. For sanitation and cleanliness of the camp, special duties have been assigned to the staff of the Tehsil Municipal Administration Nowshera, while washrooms have also been erected, Abdul Hamid told.

    He further told that in coordination with different departments and organizations four free medical camps had been established in the IDPs camp to provide health facilities to them. Mobile Hospital Programme FATA, Peoples Primary Health Initiative NWFP, Pakistan Red Crescent Society and FATA Secretariat are engaged in the activities. Male and female doctors, Lady Health Visitors, nurses, dispensers and paramedical staff were on 24 hours duty in three shifts in the camp.

    Besides provision of free medicines, arrangements have been made for free test and x-ray facility, while three ambulances are stand by to transport serious patients to big hospitals in case of emergency, he added.

    Abdul Hamid continued that besides beds and blankets; fans, utensils and other items of daily use had also been provided to the IDPs, while mosquito spray was carried out in the camp on daily basis as prevention from malaria.

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