World Health Organization (WHO) has donated fifteen (15) Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK)) and IEC Material to National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network (NHEPRN) to support the response and relief efforts in the wake of the recent floods.

World Health Organization (WHO) has donated fifteen (15) Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK)) and IEC Material to National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network (NHEPRN) to support the response and relief efforts in the wake of the recent floods. Interagency Emergency Health Kits ((IEHK)) basic module consists of medical supplies sufficient for 3000 people/ population for the period of one month to meet different health needs in humanitarian emergencies and disasters.

WHO Representative, Dr. Palitha Mahipala handed over the kits and IEC Material to  Dr. Sabina Imran Durrani, Director (BS-19) of NEHPRN. The handing-over ceremony took place at the WHO Country Office, Islamabad.

WHO donation included 15 IEHK 2015; it also included one hundred thousand printed copies of IEC Material which focused on the transmission of dengue, its prevention, symptoms, and immediate treatment.

Recently, NHEPRN in collaboration with the provincial office of WHO Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was donated 15 IEHK kits to Department of Health, KP whereas Baluchistan’s WHO office donated 40 IEHK Kits to Health Department in Baluchistan to handle the emergencies.

In Pakistan, every year floods bring death and destruction in most parts of the country. Flash floods disrupt the social and economic fabric of society as well as disturb the ecosystem functions and biodiversity.

As a result of floods, immediate danger to communities is in the form of physical injury, loss of life, damage to infrastructure, mass migration and the increase in the number of the risk of water-borne diseases.

WHO kits contain medical supplies which will help the doctors to treat the flood affectees in the emergency. Usually, flood affectees contract many water-borne diseases.

Dengue is one of the most common post-flood viral diseases which affect thousands of people every year. IEC material provided by WHO will help the government to communicate the risk factor related to Dengue in the community and spread awareness about it.