Iran offers assistance to rebuild health centers in flood hit areas
KARACHI: A delegation comprising representatives from Presidential Secretariat of Iran on Thursday offered to rehabilitate the healthcare facilities ruined during recent floods in Sindh.
In a meeting followed by a briefing by Sindh Minister for Health, Dr. Saghir Ahmed they regretted that devastating floods in province caused irreparable damage to 106 government owned health facilities including hospitals.
The minister informed there were also another 56 different health centers that have been severely affected during the calamity.
The delegation, led by Iran's Consul General Abbas Abdul Allai, told the minister that their government had already despatched four fully equipped ambulances and these after neecessary clearance from concerned authorites in Pakistan will be put in use for flood sufferers.
They also requested the minister to provide them with a working paper so as to help develop strategey for rehabilitation of the health centers and hospitals in flood hit areas.
Dr. Saghir Ahmed on the occasion paid tribute to the Muslim countries, including Iran for their tremendous contribution towards relief and rehabilitation of flood sufferers in Pakistan.
"Both federal and provincial governments are doing their optimum for rehabilitation of the sufferers yet the intensity demand support of friend countries, particularly those from the muslim world," said the minister for health.
Dr. Saghir Ahmed appreciated Iran government for its offer to support rebuilding of the essential public service facilities.
He said a detailed report related to loss in health sector and required assistance will be provided to the Consul General of Iran.
The Health Minister said despite the critical situation government had ensured to arrange medical camps and tent hospitals in all affected areas including those in the remotest corners, for the people in need.
"Special efforts were made to protect people against disease epidemic," he said.
Dr. Saghir Ahmed said the support extended by the brother muslim countries was of great relevance.
The Sindh Minister for Health assured the delegation that he would personally see that ambulances donated by Iran were put in use for the assistance of flood affected people. Special Secretary for Health, Seema Najeeb and Consultant to the Health Department, Dr. Abdul Majid were also present on the occasion. -App
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