The Australian Medical Task Force has treated their first Pakistani patients at the emergency health facility in Kot Addu.
The facility can provide primary health care similar to a general practice including maternal and children’s health, a ward for day treatment, basic diagnostic services including x‑ray and pathology, a pharmacy and a preventative health program. The facility is planning to help up to 200 people per day.
Ms Ronnie Taylor, a Darwin Nurse who treated her first patients today at Camp Cockatoo said “I think it’s what we expected to see so far, as far as infectious diseases and paediatric cases are concerned.”
“Treating my first patient here was excellent, a really good experience. People seem really happy to see us and there is a huge, huge need here,” she added.
The health facility supplements over-burdened health services in Kot Addu, where more than 27,000 people are estimated to be homeless and over 250,000 are still relying on food assistance, whilst Pakistan recovers from the floods.
AusAID and the ADF are working hand-in-hand with the Pakistani authorities to provide assistance to the flood-affected people of Pakistan.
To see Australia’s broader contribution to the floods, go to www.ausaid.gov.au
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