IDPs from Kunduz fall sick in Takhar camp
TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Some of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from northern Kunduz province have been infected with diarrhea and pneumonia diseases in a refugee camp in Takhar province, an official said on Thursday.
One of the IDPs, Amina, told Pajhwok Afghan News her 18-month-old daughter had been infected with both the diseases and she herself suffered from diarrhea.
“There is dust in the refugee camp; the weather is hot during the day and cold at nights. There is no facility for us in the camp and I have no money for the treatment of my daughter and myself,” she said.
Another dweller of the camp, Bibi Janat, said she was also infected with both the diseases.
“We live in a barren area that produces too many dust. There is no water, food and carpets, no bathrooms, no rest rooms, so the level of diseases has increased,” she said, adding that the families were in urgent need pf assistance with the people.
The Aid and Development Foundation and the Ministry of Public Health have so far established some health facilities for the camp.
Head of the foundation, Dr. Shamsul Islam Shams, said women and children had become weak due to a lack of clean drinking water and food.
“There is no clean water, rest rooms, no access to food in the area where a lot of dust flies, so the diseases easily infect people,” he said, adding there were two doctors and a midwife at their health facility to cure patients from morning till 4pm.
Shams said he was concerned if necessary assistance did not reach the sick people, the diseases would take their lives.
Doctors and nurses have been sent to the area to cure the patients, the public health director for Takhar, Dr. Hafizullah Safi, said.
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