Protest staged in Dera Bugti’s Pirkoh area as cholera cases surpass 2,500 – Pakistan

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The strike took place in the Dera Bugti district of Pirkoh tehsil on Saturday due to a lack of clean drinking water and a dramatic increase in the number of cholera cases, which according to a health official reached 2,577.

Dera Bugti District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Azam Bugti said Parhlo.com that 210 new cases of cholera were reported today, with two deaths, taking the total number of deaths to six, including two children. He said 15 patients were in critical condition.

The first case of cholera surfaced on April 17, DHO Bugti said on Wednesday, when the number of infections was 1,500.

Locals are protesting today against the lack of drinking water and the alleged non-receipt of notice by the secretary general or other government officials. They want Pirkoh declared a disaster and provide medicine, food, and clean water.

Residents contested the death toll quoted by the DHO, claiming that 20 people died while more than 3,200 were sick from the contagious disease.

Senator Sarfraz Bugti has called on the authorities to announce the emergency in Pirkoh, monitor the situation and lend assistance to the victims, and finalize water supply schemes.

Balochistan Prime Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo recently received an additional $ 300 million to expedite the completion of water supply projects in the Dera Bugti district. In a meeting with provincial adviser Nawabzada Ghuram Bugti, he discussed the solution to the water crisis in various parts of the Dera Bugti district.

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