Mercy Relief and the SingHealth Humanitarian Relief Programme (SHRP) set up the Singapore field medical center at an IDP camp in Sukkur, Pakistan, yesterday and treated more than 400 patients over the last two days. Half the number of patients comprise children. The medical cases were mainly gastro intestinal,upper respiratory track infection (URTI) and skin disease.
(The field medical center will address the healthcare issues faced by the victims still living in unhygienic environment with unstable supply of food, clean water and shelters.)
The Singapore team is partnering the local Pakistani South City Hospital and are serving the IDP camp which holds about 1,000 families (averaging 7 members per family). The team is expected to be in Sukkur for 2 weeks before being relieved by a second team which will continue the medical relief services until end of October.
Mercy Relief’s Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad who heads the 17-man Singaporean relief mission said,” The medical personnel from SingHealth are currently addressing the much needed health issues at the IDP camp in Sukkur. These IDPs have not received any medical attention since the floods happened, due to the large number of areas that were affected. At the same time, Mercy Relief’s personnel are also continuing its floods relief efforts distributing food parcels and installing water filter systems at the districts of of Thatta, Jati and Sujawal.”
Mercy Relief had earlier distributed food, tents and clean water worth SGD600,000 immediately after the floods occurred in late July. These were donations from Singaporeans and the Singapore Government.
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Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.
In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.
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