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Journalists visit SWO’s health unit

THATTA – A team of journalists, including, among others, GS, Karachi Union of Journalists, and a representative of Trade Information Magazine and a photographer visited Primary Health Unit in Deh Khalifa, Taluka Keti Bandar, District Thatta, situated at a distance of 140 kilometres from Karachi which is being run by the Saviour Welfare Organization (SWO).

Muhammad Ibrahim Kalhoro, a dignitary of the area, welcomed the team. In his inaugural speech, he highlighted the problems of the area and said the site is neglected since long.

The last development works were carried out during the regime of General Ayub Khan, he said. Agriculture activities are deteriorating because of non-availability of downstream water in the area, due to which socio-economic degradation has increased.

Poverty, hunger and disease are the main issues of the area, he said. The team then visited the facility.

Dr Mushtaq Abbasi, Project Director of the programme and Dr Saeed Memon, Project Coordinator, said tuberculosis, malaria, intestinal diseases and skin infections are widespread in the area in addition to malnutrition.

They said the Saviour Welfare Organization is serving here on self-help basis and is providing total free treatment and medicines to about 300 patients regularly on Sundays. No financial or moral assistance has been offered yet, they said.

The area became more pathetic after the flood in 1988. The people are deprived of adequate earnings to support their livelihood.

Food, shelter, clothing, health and education are far beyond their reach, they said.

Meanwhile, meal was distributed by the SWO office-bearers among 300 patients who came for treatment.

The SWO office-bearers, including President Engr Rehan Qazi, Vice President Arif Usman Mamdani, General Secretary Engr Samiullah Mughal, Joint Secretary Abdul Ghani and Treasurer Mehrullah Brohi in a combined statement appealed to the philanthropists to come forward and join hands with them to “spread hope and save humanity” and extend their support to the organization for the noble cause. The office-bearers thanked the team for visiting the location.
Source: The News
Date:7/1/2004