Commodities provided to earthquake survivors in Harnai
Health professional conducting screening of malnourished children in Harnai after the earthquake: Photo provided by the author

Commodities provided to earthquake survivors in Harnai

Hanif Tareen : 

HARNAI: The Balochistan Nutrition Directorate (BND) provided multi-vitamin commodities to earthquake survivors in Harnai. The survivors include anemic women and malnourished children. The earthquake, which was recorded 5.9 on the Richter scale claimed 20 lives and made thousands of people homeless.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Health, Aziz Ahmed Jamali visited the BND camp and reviewed the operation. “We are making efforts to support the earthquake survivors”, Mr. Jamali said.

The BND has also established a medical camp to conduct screening of anemic/pregnant women and malnourished children in the Harnai district of Balochistan. Officials from the Indus hospital also accompanied the BND during the screening of the children.

Secretary Primary and Secondary Health, Aziz Jamali visiting BND stall

“Our teams provided commodities to over 300 earthquake survivors”, Dr. Amin Mandokhail, the Chief of BND said. He said the BND teams also conducted screening of anemic, pregnant women during the campaign.

Food was also provided to malnourished women and children, he said. In Balochistan, most of the women and children were deprived of proper food. The nutrition survey paints a bleak picture of food security across the country. Around 47 percent of children as per the BND survey are stunted in Balochistan.

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