Over 300 Christians Receive Medical Aid After Karachi Flood

Published 10 October 2017  |  
(PCP)
BPCA health camp after Karachi floods illustrates widespread illness amongst beleaguered Christians.

More than 300 Christians in Pakistan were diagnosed with waterborne diseases this week after being affected by the overflowing sewage and contaminated water caused by the disastrous Karachi flood.

British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) health camps were set in Essa Nagri and Malir Cantt. The doctors found out that victims from both places had similar health issues. According to Christians in Pakistan, most of the patients were Christians except one Memon Muslim family.

Nearly 27 women and 18 men were suffering from cellulitis, 46 children were suffering from skin allergies and tonsillitis, 12 elderly men were down with hypoglycemia, 4 women were suffering from pneumonia, two boys were diagnosed with Asthma, 22 people were diagnosed with trauma and depression, 40 people were down with malaria, and 22 people were diagnosed with diabetes, according to the reports.

Others were also diagnosed with more general conditions including malnutrition, blood pressure, fever, cough and flu.

Some of them could have been fatal if not diagnosed by the medical team. BPCA provided transport for patients who needed immediate treatment.

"Many of the patients had quite critical conditions due to busy lifestyles and being unable to afford medicines they had let their bodies run down," said Mehwish Bhatti lead officer, BPCA.

"I counselled many flood victims and prayed for them, some feel depressed from having lost so many possessions, others have been extremely sick. I prayed with them and assured them of further prayer," Bhatti added.

Most of these victims have seen a doctor for the first time, noted Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of BPCA.

"Many Christians delay seeking medical assistance for ailments due to expensive medical costs and long distances to travel to hospital. It was a real blessing for our team to be able to provide a suffering community with aid that has potentially saved lives," he said.

"Victims diagnosed with serious or long term conditions need to avail themselves of local hospital facilities and the Government has to do more to make this happen. The short life span of Christians in regions like Essa Nagri should be assessed by the Government of Pakistan, so that we can reduce the premature deaths of so many Christians in rural settings," he added.

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