Pakistan: Minister says 600,000 pregnant women in flood-hit areas lack facilities
Pakistan's Minister of State for Finance and Revenue Dr Aisha Ghous Pasha has said 600,000 pregnant women in flood-hit areas lack maternal health services and have no safe place to deliver.
She was quoted as saying by Dawn News that over 5 million children have no immunisation or nutritional care and suggested that Pakistan must fast track efforts to restore reproductive health services for women and children.
She was speaking to participants of the seventh meeting of the Parliamentary Forum on Population (PFP).
Dr Aisha Pasha said that the international community should channel funds into priorities that support climate-hit countries like Pakistan.
Speaking at the meeting, Dr Zeba Sathar, country director (Population Council) highlighted that floods in Pakistan have aggravated pre-existing vulnerabilities of marginalised population. Citing national data, she said 19 million people out of the 31 million persons living in severely affected areas are poor.
“More than 22.7 million katcha houses belonged to the displaced population of severely affected areas. Besides women and children, around one million people over the age of 65 are living in severely flood affected areas and require special care. People living in agri-climatic zones have lost their cattle and crops and have no access to health services,” she was quoted as saying by Dawn News.
Pakistan was ravaged by deadly floods and rains for the past several months.