UN health agency warns of outbreak of diseases in flood-hit Pakistan

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Monsoon flooding in Pakistan

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning of an outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases in Pakistan, which has been hit by floods.

The floods, caused by monsoon rains, have killed dozens of people and displaced hundreds of others.

Tarik Jasarevic is WHO spokesperson in Geneva.

"As water is receding and affecting some other areas, in the areas that were previously affected, there is always increased risk of water borne and vector borne diseases. Pakistan has experience of these floods. WHO and other health partners have been responding (in) previous years and that system was in place. So we were able really to establish centres very fast from the first day." (25")

Tarik Jasarevic says WHO teams have already started surveillance visits in flood-affected areas and arranged for sessions on control of outbreaks of water borne and vector borne diseases.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1’02″

 

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