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Save the Children warns of disease spread among returning children from Pakistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
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Save the Children reports that diseases such as acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea are rapidly increasing among returning migrants from Pakistan.

On Friday, the organization expressed concern by releasing a report indicating the rising prevalence of diseases among thousands of returning migrants from Pakistan.

According to Save the Children, in the past month, more than 3,000 cases of acute respiratory infections and 1,200 cases of diarrhoea have been recorded among migrant children returning from Pakistan.

The Children’s Support Foundation also emphasized that the return of migrants in overcrowded cargo trucks and exposure to dust and makeshift shelters are cited as reasons for respiratory infections among children.

Reports indicate that eighty per cent of the returning individuals from Pakistan are children and women, many of whom are facing challenging conditions without shelter, money, and adequate food.

Furthermore, the World Health Organization expressed concerns about the spread of diseases, such as polio, among returning migrants from Pakistan, stating that $10 million is needed to provide healthcare services to 700,000 migrants.

This sudden influx of migrants has raised concerns about the risk of disease outbreaks, including childhood paralysis, despite the end of Pakistan’s deportation deadline for Afghan migrants, with hundreds of thousands having already returned to their home country.

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