Concerns about the health of infants born in Pakistan after the severe floods:
On August 14, Kainat Solangi gave birth to her baby when it was pouring, and the rain has hardly stopped since then. As a result, her family has been forced to take shelter in a homemade tent on a narrow strip of land that is surrounded by Pakistan’s worst-ever floods.
In the village of Rijepur, which is close to Khairpur Nathan Shah in the southwestern part of Sindh province, a family of eight constructed a shelter for themselves out of pieces of furniture and sheets of fabric. They used everything they were able to salvage from their flooded home.
Solangi said she worried for her newborn child, Shumaila, who she brought home from the hospital as it began to rain because she could not afford to pay for her medicine. Solangi was holding her baby girl when she spoke. Shumaila is now 24 days old. She and her five other children are hungry, sick, and cautious around the snakes that are also hunting for food and higher ground. Because of an illness, her husband, who earned a living, is unable to work.
“We are the only ones here in this community who cannot afford to go since everyone else who had the means to do so has already fled. The issue at hand is monetary,”—I quote her. “We are a people devoid of agency. I, too, am ill, and this is the third month that I have had a fever and an infection in my throat. “Even the purchase of certain drugs is out of our price range.”
According to the World Health Organization, Pakistan’s disastrous floods have had a disproportionately negative impact on the country’s female and paediatric populations because of the limited availability of medical treatment (WHO).
The World Health Organization representative in Pakistan, Dr. Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, stated on Monday that the floods had caused damage to around ten percent of the country’s medical facilities. He stated that he is particularly worried about the one million two hundred thousand pregnant women who are among the many hundreds of thousands of individuals who have been displaced.
Even though Solangi may have made it through the delivery of her child, she is well aware that a strip of land in the middle of flood water is not a safe location for a kid. Despite the fact that she claims to feel safer there, she was referring to a neighboring relief camp that could only be reached by boat.
She stated that there was nothing available in the relief camp. “The people have no control. They do not provide the locals with any assistance. It is preferable to reside here,”—I quote her.
“Malaria is at pandemic proportions,” the headline said.
As they wait for the floodwaters to recede, people like Solangi and others throughout Pakistan are making do with food that has been dropped by charity workers. On the narrow strip of land, which at some points is about 15 feet (or less than five metres) wide, Solangi and approximately ten other families are crowded together and living in close quarters.
It is difficult to escape mosquitoes that carry the threat of malaria, which may bring fever, symptoms similar to the flu, and occasionally even death. Flies swarm around the children’s faces while they sleep, and it is difficult to avoid insects that carry the threat of malaria.
“A lady came here and promised that we would be supplied mosquito nets, but she never came back,” Solangi said. “We were never provided with the mosquito nets.” “That information has not yet been provided to me. In addition, they registered my name, but she did not come back. ”
Mahipala said that the World Health Organization was seeing “malaria of epidemic proportions” as well as more cases of typhoid and skin, eye, and respiratory infections.
As the water moves toward the south of the country, he said, “we fear that the situation will worsen with the greater humanitarian and public health impact, particularly in Sindh province.” “We fear that the situation will worsen with the greater humanitarian and public health impact, particularly in Sindh province.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that there are around 634,000 individuals living in displaced persons’ camps, although this figure might be higher because it is unable to visit certain locations.
“We are so impoverished that we are unable to travel outside of our region.”
On the dirt strip, kids hang out with the families of animals that didn’t get swept away by the flood. To pass the time, they play in the water that now surrounds their little town.
Mai Haleema, who is 70 years old, keeps a watchful eye on them at all times, but especially while they are sleeping. She is concerned that the smaller children may become disoriented and wander off, possibly ending up in the lake that is located only a few feet away from their beds.
“We keep our eyes on our children after nightfall. They may be so far off in their thinking that they would really fall into the sea if they continued to live in the same house. “We are responsible for looking after them,” Haleema remarked.
According to CNN, Haleema said that throughout her life, she has seen Pakistan’s hard monsoon season, but that this year’s has been one of the worst.
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“During the course of my life, this region has been impacted by floods on four separate occasions, although I can only recall three of them. On the other hand, the severe rains made the situation even worse this time. “Haleema stated that in the past, the water level was not nearly as high as it is now.”
She is concerned about the future, but she does not give much thought to the devastation done to her house since, as she put it, “it is futile to mourn for it now.”
She and Solangi’s first concern is for the children and how they will make it through this trauma.
Haleema emphasised the need to put aside some food for the family’s children. “God might be able to aid us.”
In addition, Solangi is keeping her fingers crossed that a miracle will spare them from a catastrophe that no one saw coming.
“Our salvation comes from God. I have a bad feeling about today. “— I quote her. Even my children have caught this bug. I need to go get some water. “