Over 60,000 pregnant Pakistani women live in relief camps, says UN

May 26th, 2009 - 6:08 am ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, May 26 (IANS) There are 66,000 pregnant women living at the relief camps in Pakistan and many of them are likely to give birth in the next three months, the UN has said.
According to a UN report, 66,000 pregnant women live at the camps of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and most of these women are in the advance stage of pregnancy, Geo TV said Monday.

Officials are concerned for the welfare of these women as lack of facilities and very few trained medics at the camps might cause serious health problems.

The North West Frontier Province (NWFP) has been the scene of a major military offensive against the Taliban insurgents.

Hundreds of people have been dislodged from their homes since the fighting started last month.

Women and children have been the worst victims, with many of them landing up at the government relief centres for help.

The welfare of the displaced people has been a major concern for the government and the international aid agencies.

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