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Sri Lankan doctors treat Pakistani flood victims

Aug 25, 2010 4:39:14 AM - itnnews.lk

A Sri Lankan medical team is in Pakistan treating flood affected patients in the Charsadda District Hospital in North West Pakistan, close to the Afghan border.

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Air Chief Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody visited the District Hospital in Charsadda yesterday and encouraged the Sri Lankan Medical Team. The High Commissioner appreciated the team’s efforts to treat patients under difficult conditions in the Charsadda District of Pakistan.

The 16-member medical team under an initiative of President Rajapaksa arrived in Pakistan, with a cargo of medicines and surgical equipment, on a medical relief mission for the flood affected. According to the Director of the Charsadda District Hospital, out of the total population of 1.4 million in the Charsadda district, 900,000 people have been affected by the severe floods. He has said that there are over 65,000 patients seeking treatment from the hospital, especially women and children and commended the Sri Lankan Medical Team for a admirable job in treating these patients. Due to the flood disaster, the patients are affected by acute diarrhea, malaria, respiratory infections, and skin diseases.