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UNICEF increases mobile clinics in Afghan flood-hit areas

UNICEF increases mobile clinics in Afghan flood-hit areas

Islamabad, Sep 11 (Prensa Latina) The UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has decided to increase the number of mobile clinics in flood-hit areas of Pakistan.

“The number of UNICEF-run clinics in flood-hit areas has now increased to 66.” 18 clinics each are operational in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 15 in Balochistan.

The decision to increase number of clinics, according to sources, was made after increase in water-borne diseases in flood-hit areas, where more cases of skin diseases, nutritional deficiencies, diarrhea and malaria are being reported.

A UNICEF report highlighted that the recent rains in Pakistan have broken the 30-year rainfall record and resulted in 1200 deaths including 400 children while 1.1 million homes and 160 bridges are damaged in the last two months.

UNICEF added that the affected people need clean drinking water, unavailability of water can give rise to multiple diseases. There are only eight weeks until the winter season starts, which will only worsen the condition.

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