Pakistan: Relief and Health Services for Earthquake Affected Victims
Clinic Relocated to New Village: April 2016 – August 2016
September 28, 2016
Dr. Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director
Summary of Activities
Over the period of four-and-a-half months, with an average daily OPD of 25–30 patients, a total of 2,801 men, women, and children from UC Odigram, Tehsil Saidu Shariff and its surrounding areas were provided with primary health care (PHC) and maternal and child health care (MCH) services.
The daily clinic operating hours were observed: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. Sunday is a day off and Friday is a half-day, in line with religious demand for Friday afternoon prayers, which are considered sacred.
Finding a More Permanent Base
In early April 2016, the clinic was moved to a makeshift camp in the village of Takhta Banda, Union Council Odigram, Tehsil Saidu Shariff. The clinic remained operational in this makeshift camp from mid-April to the end of May 2016. After serving this village for 6 weeks, the clinic location was once more changed. It was moved into a more solid structure in the nearby village of Odigram, Union Council Odigram, Tehsil Saidu Shariff. The clinic is still in this location as of August 31st, 2016.
Primary Health Care Statistics
Spring and Summer Wellness
A total of 1,989 men, women, and children sought primary healthcare services:
- Diarrhea – 17.5%
- UTIs – 16.3%
- Respiratory Infections – 10%
- Anemia – 9.8%
- General Body Weakness – 8%
Maternal and Child Health
Providing Needed Care
A total of 1,231 women and children sought MCH services:
- Antenatal Care – 220 pregnant women
- Postnatal Visits – 139 lactating mothers
- Family Planning Services – 33 women
Gynecology and obstetrics pathologies presented:
- Irregular Periods – 247 women
- Abnormal Leukorrhea – 159 women
- Dysmenorrheal Complaints – 135 women
On October 26, 2015, at 14.09 hrs, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 hit the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The epicenter was centered in Badakhsan Province of Afghanistan, 76 Km north of the Chitral border of Pakistan.
The earthquake luckily spared extreme damage to infrastructure of the affected areas, hence the low rate of mortality and morbidity but remote villages tucked deep in the folds of the mountains composed of mud and wood have succumbed to the quake tremors rendering whole villages shelter less. Also the event triggered off a series of landslides in the mountainous regions that, in the face of the impending winter where it has been raining and snowing in some regions, led to power outages in many places and road blocks, isolating large tracts of areas where people are in need.
1. To provide immediate relief shelter
2. To provide immediate relief food
3. To provide immediate health care
4. To assist in rebuilding of destroyed homes