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

Protests over a surge in cholera cases reaching 2,577 and a lack of clean drinking water took place on Saturday in Pirkoh tehsil in the Dera Bugti district, according to health officials.

Dera Bugti Regional Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Azam Bugti said: 210 new cases of cholera were reported today and two more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths so far to six, including two children. He said 15 patients were in critical condition.

DHO Bugti said on Wednesday that the first case of cholera appeared on April 17, with the number of infections at 1,500 at this point.

Locals protested the lack of access to drinking water today and allegations that the general secretary or other government officials had not been informed of the situation. They declared disaster on Pirkoh and demanded that they provide medicine, food and clean water.

Residents also dispute the death toll quoted by the DHO, claiming that in fact 20 people have died and more than 3,200 have become ill from the epidemic.

Senator Sarfraz Bugti urged authorities to declare a state of emergency in Pirkoh, assess the situation and complete a water supply plan, along with providing relief to those affected.

Balochistan’s Prime Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo recently approved an additional Rs 300 million for the urgent completion of an ongoing water supply project in the Dera Bugti region. At a meeting with local advisor Nawabzada Ghuram Bugti, he discussed solutions to water crises in different areas of the Dera Bugti district.