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August 2nd, 2010
04:48 PM ET

Makeshift clinic caring for Pakistan flood survivors

A medical team from a hospital in northwest Pakistan is using a grammar school near the edge of floodwaters as a makeshift clinic to care for survivors of the region's devastating flooding.

The owner of the school was trapped on his roof for about 12 hours, but pitched in to help once he was rescued, said Atif Mumtaz with the UM Healthcare Trust, which provides affordable healthcare in rural Pakistan.

Doctors have treated about 400 people since the clinic opened in Nosherha on Sunday – mostly injuries, water-born diseases, pneumonia, heart problems, dehydration and exhaustion, Mumtaz said.
See his iReport.

Supplies at the clinic are pretty "meager," said Mumtaz said there's an urgent need for antibiotics, vaccines and other drugs as well as clothes, clean water and utensils.

He said he has not yet seen aid from the United Nations, the Red Cross or the Pakistani government.

The government has deployed boats and helicopters in the region but says the flooding has destroyed 25 bridges. 

Officials fear disease outbreak in flood-hit Pakistan

"It's the ordinary people who are helping other people," Mumtaz said. "It's the victims themselves who are opening their doors to help."

Find out more about the situation on the UM Healthcare Trust's website and on Mumtaz's Flickr page.To find out how you can help, check out CNN's Impact Your World page


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  1. comment

    I wondered about this and the one in China as well. The world needs an emergency response/rescue team it seems. Let's start a fleet of global response units. This happens too often and getting to people with the right resources seems to be a repeating problem.

    August 4, 2010 at 01:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tim

    The best way to treat the water, and the most cost effective way to really help these people help themselves and each other is to utilize this so called "miracle mineral solution" It will kill fast all water borne diseases ALL OF THEM, FAST. It is cheap and the formula is below, the ingredients are available all over the world RIGHT NOW!
    The Miracle Mineral Solution we can easily destroy all infections, nothing can ever develop an immunity to it. Get the facts on this amazing weak oxidizer before the FDA bans its use! Chlorine Dioxide in diluted levels can be used to disinfect anything anywhere. The science is super simple. The formula is Sodium Chlorite (20% in H20) and citric acid (20-28% in H2O) the drop ratio at that mixture level is ONE Drop Sodium Chlorite to Five (5) drops citric acid... wait three minutes... then fill that glass with half cup of water, drink, treat, wipe spray. It will cure disease infections fast. It destroys infections by oxidation. It is a low oxidation strength of .95 volts. It breaks down into SALT/water, no build up, but it WORKS FAST.

    August 17, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply

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