PRCS Sindh deploys medical teams in flood hit districts

KARACHI: Sindh Branch of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) has deployed its assessment and medical teams in flood hit districts of Sindh province.

The assessment and medical teams deployed in Ghotki, Badin and Jamshoro. They will also cover the areas of Khairpur, Kashmore, Sehwan and Thatta.

The decision to deploy teams in flood affected areas were taken in a meeting held Hilal-e-Ahmer House Karachi headed by PRCS-Sindh Provincial Secretary Kanwar Waseem.

He said that these assessment teams will measure losses and need of affected people. The Sindh Branch with the support of PRCS-National Headquarter Islamabad will immediately dispatch the relief items including food and non-food items. He further said that in flood 2010-11, Red Crescent was the only organization which responded on a mission that first to reach and last to leave. He said Red Crescent is always ready to help the vulnerable and affected people of Sindh in any disaster.

Earlier, PRCS-Sindh has already activated its Disaster Management mechanism and deployed Branch Disaster Response Teams (BDRT) in flood emergency declared areas of Sindh. The District Disaster Response Team Volunteers of Disaster Management (DM) Cells have started helping evacuation process of the local authorities for taking the affectees to the safe places. A 24/7 flood emergency control room has been established at PRCS-Sindh Provincial Headquarters Karachi to monitor the flood situation and PRCS Sindh emergency response operations in the province.

PRCS-Sindh medical units such as mobile health units (MHUs) along with health staff are also deployed in affected districts to facilitate medical interventions. In addition to activate the unit, the provincial HQ has already instructed the Red Crescent hospitals and medical facilities in Hyderabad, Sukkur and Khairpur for the activation of their emergency protocols to respond to any surge in flooding situation anywhere in the province.

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