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06/04/2015

Mobile health unit for the assistance of NWA TDPs

Consequence of launching the operation Zarb e Azb by the Pakistan Armed Forces on June 15th, 2014 was the dislocation of NWA inhabitants to the neighboring districts such as Bannu, Lakki Marwat, D I Khan, etc.
A total of 103,108 families have been verified by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) and registered as TDPs (Temporarily Dislocated People) as of March 31st, 2015. The Return Process was commenced on the 31st of March 2015, and by May 19th, 2015, total of 734 registered and 95 unregistered families returned to the de-notified areas of NWA.
(Source: Inter Cluster Assessment Mission to North Waziristan Agency 13-15 May 2015)

Till this date 102,374 TDPs families are residing in districts of Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Karak. There are several challenges that government and humanitarian community are facing, including funding constraints, low capacity of the government, and access issues. These challenges have left the TDPs in desperate needs of food, health, shelter, education, livelihood and protection etc. Thus, efforts are continued by government and humanitarian community to stand up for the needs of the affected people.   

One such example is Mobile Health Unit from the Health Department of Punjab Province. It is a point to provide medical assistance to the TDPs of NWA since 31st July 2014. The MHU is equipped with X-Ray facility, laboratory for pathological investigation and ECG facility.

[Mobile Health Unit from Punjab government for TDPs of NWA in Bannu]
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[MHU from inside]
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This MHU visits different areas of district Bannu for the treatment of TDPs families.  If MHU staff find any serious case, they refer it to District Headquarter Hospital: A government-run hospital in Bannu city.  On daily basis, there are one medical officer, one Lady Doctor, one Lady Health Visitor, one X-Rays technician; one Bio Technician and Admin and Security staff. 

[JEN staffs are taking interview from the medical officer at MHU]
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[Bio-technician at the MHU]
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[Admin Staff at MHU]
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They see and treat patients for 8 hours to 14 hours. On average 150 to 200 Patients visit the MHU daily. Approximately 50 to 60 patients take different disease’s tests. On daily average 7 individuals take X-Rays. Since July 2014 around 35000 TDPs individuals have been provided medical assistance for different diseases. 

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June 4, 2015 in Pakistan |