LAHORE - Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Kh Salman Rafiq has said that 274 mobile medical teams are providing health facilities and vaccinating women and children against seasonal diseases in 269 union councils of 18 flood affected districts.

Giving details, he said that so far 118,129 children have been vaccinated against measles and 97231 administered polio drops. He said that the target has been fixed to vaccinate 144991 children against measles and 169156 to be given polio drops till September 30.

Salman Rafiq said that 261,079 flood affectees have been treated by the health mobile teams and at medical relief camps setup in the flood affected areas. Moreover, 30 teams of 11 medical colleges/teaching hospitals are conducting third party validation in 16 districts.  He said that these special teams have been monitoring EPI coverage and medical relief activities carried out by the Health Department teams. The special team comprises specialist doctor, a Woman Medical Officer, a senior charge nurse and one Aya. Every team has an ambulance for shifting any serious patient to the nearby health centre.

He said that provision of safe drinking water to the flood hit people is a big challenge for which Health department has distributed 934000 aquacura tablets for purifying drinking water.  He said that these tablets are sufficient for 9 million litter water.

 He said that Health Department has sufficient stock of Aquacura tablets which are sufficient for 10 million litter water. However, he said that UNICEF and WHO have been requested to provide additional 2 million aquacura tablets.