The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) also warned that there was an increased risk of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls. At the same time, about one million homes have been damaged in Pakistan, which has been ravaged by floods since the beginning of June.
According to UNFPA, more than 73,000 out of 650,000 women are expected to deliver next month. They are in dire need of maternal health care. UNFPA, an agency working on sexual and reproductive health, paints a pitiful picture of women affected by the unprecedented floods.
“With 73,000 women expected to deliver next month, they will need skilled birth attendants, newborn care and help,” Dawn newspaper quoted the UN agency as saying.
The UNFPA said that pregnancies and childbirth do not wait for emergencies or natural disasters to end. The agency said that women and children are the most vulnerable and require utmost care in this hour of crisis.
UNFPA-Pakistan Acting Representative Bakhtiyar Kadyrov said, “UNFPA is working on the ground to ensure that pregnant and delivery women continue to receive life-saving services even in the most challenging of circumstances.”
The UN agency urged the world to continue relief efforts, saying more than 1,000 health centers in Sindh were either partially or completely damaged. The worst affected area is Balochistan, where 198 health establishments have been damaged.