WHO / PAKISTAN FLOODS

19-Sep-2022 00:03:14
After, torrential monsoon rains triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan's recent history, over 1,460 health facilities have been affected. Access to health care facilities, health care workers and essential medicines and medical supplies is limited. WHO
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STORY: WHO / PAKISTAN FLOODS
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / URDU / NATS

DATELINE: MADYAN, BAHRAIN, SWAT VALLEY, PAKISTAN

1. Various shots, aerial views of the river running through Bahrain and the destruction of the town
2. Wide shot, flooded street in Bahrain with people walking
3. Med shot, people trying to push a car and towed generator
4. Med shot, elderly man clearing rubble from the side of a building
5. Wide shot, collapsed building in the background as a truck drives by
6. Tilt down, heavily water damaged interior of a building in Bahrain
7. Med shot, man building a sandbag wall
8. Med shot, heavily damaged silhouetted building with a river running with a very strong current behind it
9. Wide shot, three men in the foreground, out of focus, chatting, while the river and the destruction of the Village are in focus in the background
10. Med shot, man climbing into a cage attached to a pully system
11. Close up, raging and frothy water beneath the cage and pulley system
12. Wide shot, A man being transported across the river in a cage on a pulley system
13.Tilt down, from the side of a concrete wall, across huge mounds of mud, to finish on a destroyed minivan sitting in a pool of brown water
14. Med shot, destroyed minivan with the windscreen caved in, covered in mud
15. Med shot, entrance sign at the hospital to the “10 Bed Ward, Building No 7”
16. Med shot, member of hospital staff trying to guide a frustrated man
17. Med shot, another member of hospital staff having a conversation with two men
18. Various shots, mother and child sit down with a doctor for an exam
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Shagufta, Lady Health Worker (LHW):
“Challenges are basically arising just because of the destruction of the roads because they cannot travel so long from their Kalamto this area. This is, I think, the only health facility left here, so it is difficult for them to travel too long to be here.”
20. Various shots, crying children and patients waiting to talk to medical staff
21. SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Dr Masood, Medical Superintendent (MS), Civil Hospital, Madyan:
“All because of flooding, our water storage gets damaged which causes water-borne diseases like diarrheal diseases. Acute Watery Diarrhoea / Cholera has increased, Hepatitis A and typhoid have also increased. Along with that more cases are being reported of Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue.”
22. Various shots, patients waiting for paperwork to receive medication
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, Representative in Pakistan, World Health Organisation (WHO):
“Since beginning, WHO staff is on the ground, we’ve been visiting all the districts which have been affected and supporting with the supply of medicines and other logistics, supply with rapid diagnostics to enhance the disease prevention and control when it comes to certain vector born and water-borne diseases and also WHO staff were much involved with organising mobile health camps.”
24. Various shots, aerial views destroyed street in Bahrain and WHO staff on location

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After, torrential monsoon rains triggered the most severe flooding in Pakistan's recent history, over 1,460 health facilities have been affected. Access to health care facilities, health care workers and essential medicines and medical supplies is limited.

Bahrain in the Swat Valley has faced massive destruction due to the flooding. Entire buildings have been washed away. Homes destroyed, roads left in ruin and unpassable.

The last remaining health facility in the region, the Civil Hospital and its staff there are finding themselves under immense pressure with limited supplies and resources to provide the medical care that the people of the region so desperately need.

SOUNDBITE (English) Shagufta, Lady Health Worker (LHW):
“Challenges are basically arising just because of the destruction of the roads because they cannot travel so long from their Kalamto this area. This is, I think, the only health facility left here, so it is difficult for them to travel too long to be here.”

Ongoing outbreaks of acute diarrhoea, typhoid, measles, leishmaniasis and polio are at risk of being further exacerbated. Increased transmission of malaria remains a threat and many cases are already presenting to clinics in the flood-affected areas.

SOUNDBITE (Urdu) Dr Masood, Medical Superintendent (MS), Civil Hospital, Madyan:
“All because of flooding, our water storage gets damaged which causes water-borne diseases like diarrheal diseases. Acute Watery Diarrhoea / Cholera has increased, Hepatitis A and typhoid have also increased. Along with that more cases are being reported of Vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue.”

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Palitha Gunarathna Mahipala, Representative in Pakistan, World Health Organisation (WHO):
“Since beginning, WHO staff is on the ground, we’ve been visiting all the districts which have been affected and supporting with the supply of medicines and other logistics, supply with rapid diagnostics to enhance the disease prevention and control when it comes to certain vector born and water-borne diseases and also WHO staff were much involved with organising mobile health camps.”

The floodwaters have now passed through the Swat valley, but it’s impact will be felt for a long time to come.
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