The World Health Organization has issued a warning that the flood-affected areas of Pakistan are becoming more dangerous for health reasons as eight million people are in need of immediate medical attention.
According to WHO Regional Emergency Director Dr. Richard Brennan, poor infrastructure, stagnant water, and insufficient sanitation facilities are all contributing to an increase in public health hazards.
He said enormous volumes of persistent flood waters have provided breeding sites for mosquitos, resulting in an ongoing malaria outbreak in 32 districts of the country.
According to Dr. Brennan, it will be difficult for relief organizations to handle this issue.
In order to effectively manage severe acute malnutrition, ensure coordinated delivery of vital healthcare services, and strengthen epidemic detection and control, more than 81.5 million dollars are required to respond to the health crisis in flood-affected areas.