PAKISTAN / DISPLACED HEALTH CARE

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Around one million people from North Waziristan have been displaced after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation on 15 June to clear out militants based there. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been providing emergency health care and is tracking the health needs of the IDPs- the biggest threats being diarrhea and dehydration. UNIC PAKISTAN

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STORY: PAKISTAN / DISPLACED HEALTHCARE
TRT: 2.35
SOURCE: UNIC PAKISTAN
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / PASHTO / URDU / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT, BANNU, PAKISTAN

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1. Wide shot, medical ward
2. Med shot, medical ward female side
3. Med shot, ward male side
4. Close up, kid suffering from measles
5. Med shot, WHO doctor examining a kid
6. Close up, WHO doctor examining a kid
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, Surveillance Officer, WHO:
“My largest concern these days and right now is that these people are never vaccinated for any antigens. So whenever a community is never vaccinated for any antigen, even a minor disease like measles which is considered a minor disease in other areas, people who are never vaccinated when they contract measles it’s very dangerous in them and is lethal in them.“
8. Med shot, grandmother sitting with her sick grand daughter
9. Close up, baby
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, Surveillance Officer, WHO:
“In the current scenario we are dealing with 73 percent of all the population we are dealing with are women and children. So that means we should strengthen our reproductive health and our MNCH health. On the contrary, we have very few lady doctors here and the resources are not appropriate, not adequate.”
11. Med shot, of the medical staff treating a kid
12. Med shot, grandmother sitting with her sick grand daughter
13. Close up, baby
14. SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Shaheena, Grandmother of Sick Baby in Hospital:
“My daughter was very ill and was in a lot of pain so I had to take her to hospital from where she gave birth. The baby was one month premature. My daughter suffered a great deal and the baby has jaundice and fits. We were not sure if she would live or die but she lived. “
15. Close up, vaccination
16. Med shot, vaccination team
17. Close up, vaccinator filling the syringe
18. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Asad Murad, UNICEF Vaccinator:
“Over there they haven’t been immunized for at least two years due to the Taliban. All these children have been left behind in terms of routine immunization especially for polio vaccines; they have not been vaccinated for polio so that is why we arrange this activity.”
19. Close up, kid getting vaccination
20. Med shot, three girls watching vaccination process

STORYLINE:

Around one million people from North Waziristan have been displaced after the Pakistan Army launched a full-scale military operation on 15 June to clear out militants based there. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been providing emergency health care and is tracking the health needs of the IDPs- the biggest threats being diarrhea and dehydration.

Many residents had to flee on foot leaving what little wealth they had behind. The majority arrived in the nearby town of Bannu that has seen its population double in size and is now under huge strain to provide basic services.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, Surveillance Officer, WHO:
“My largest concern these days and right now is that these people are never vaccinated for any antigens. So whenever a community is never vaccinated for any antigen, even a minor disease like measles which is considered a minor disease in other areas, people who are never vaccinated when they contract measles it’s very dangerous in them and is lethal in them.“

Another issue of concern is the lack of female medical staff.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mohammad Asif Khan, Surveillance Officer, WHO:
“In the current scenario we are dealing with 73 percent of all the population we are dealing with are women and children. So that means we should strengthen our reproductive health and our MNCH health. On the contrary, we have very few lady doctors here and the resources are not appropriate, not adequate.”

IDPs are faced with an economic and health crises, with increased chances of transmission of life threatening communicable diseases, especially in children.

This further adds to the financial burden and misery of families.

SOUNDBITE (Pashto) Shaheena, Grandmother of Sick Baby in Hospital:
“My daughter was very ill and was in a lot of pain so I had to take her to hospital from where she gave birth. The baby was one month premature. My daughter suffered a great deal and the baby has jaundice and fits. We were not sure if she would live or die but she lived. “

Thousands have been cooperating with the health workers to get their children vaccinated against 9 fatal diseases including polio and measles.

SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Asad Murad, UNICEF Vaccinator:
“Over there they haven’t been immunized for at least two years due to the Taliban. All these children have been left behind in terms of routine immunization especially for polio vaccines; they have not been vaccinated for polio so that is why we arrange this activity.”

As of 24 June 2014, the Government, supported by WHO has vaccinated almost 250,000 IDPs with polio drops. Polio vaccination is offered to all those leaving the area.
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