More than 2400 patients treated in medical camps in Mohmand

F.P. Report

GHALANAI: At least 2,400 patients among them 879 females have been examined in free medical camps organized in parts of Mohmand Agency to facilitate and provide free medicines to tribesmen.

During these camps, deserving and vulnerable communities of tribal agency were beneficiaries of 10 days long medical camp and it was organized by Pakistan Red Crescent FATA Branch. Political administration provided full proof security to medical staff.

Talking to local journalists, PRC FATA Provincial Health Officer Dr. Tauseef Ullah, said that around 2,400 patients including 998 children, 879 females and 589 males were examined and were given free medicines. He informed that a team of highly qualified doctors and trained medical staff including male and lady doctors have conducted medical camps from October, 3 to October 12.

He said many patients were suffering from skin, eye infections, dehydration and gastroenteritis and because of starting of winter season, people also complained about eye problems. The main cause of all these diseases and infections was malnutrition and poor hygiene. Some 80 patients were referred to others health facilities in the area by doctors.

Dr. Younis of medical camp said, prevention was the better option as it costs nothing. Speaking at the concluding day of the medical camp, he said that these camps were meant to provide free treatment to people besides raising their awareness level about prevention of diseases.

Malik Haji Fazli Khaliq, a local elder eulogized PRC FATA, political administration and security forces of the agency for conducting medical camps in vulnerable areas of agency. The camps eased miseries of tribesmen relating to medical requirements and it should be organized in other parts of tribal area as well.

Secretary PRC FATA Branch, Saeed Kamal Mehsud while talking over medical camps said that PRC is the leading humanitarian organization which works to alleviate the sufferings of the most vulnerable people in distress without discrimination of nationality, race, religious belief, class, or political opinion. The objective of the free camp was to provide free medical facility, i.e. consultation, treatment, medicine, diagnostic and referral to the people in the community.

The activity was undertaken in the remote and backward areas of Mohmand agency, where health facilities are scarce. He said that PRC is trying to establish a welfare health unit in the area very soon, where doctors would also be appointed for free healthcare services to the tribesmen.

Local tribesmen showed gratitude over the free medical camps and demanded that the surgeons and medical specialists should be permanently appointed in the area hospital.