ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani physician, who is based in Saudi Arabia, has helped thousands of flood-affected people in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province by distributing cash assistance, tents, ration bags, and organizing free medical camps, he told Arab News on Thursday.
Dr. Mansour Memon has received a number of awards from authorities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman in recognition of his humanitarian work. He is also an examiner for the Saudi Council for Health Commission-Residency Program, a rare distinction for expatriates.
In 2015, the Pakistani expatriate formed a non-governmental organization, the Sindh Skills Development Program (SSDP), to help professionals and develop skilled human resources in the province.
On Thursday, Memon said he had spent $150,000 through his organization to provide relief assistance to flood affectees in Sindh.
“We have provided ration supplies, cooked meals, tents, and cash assistance to more than 10,000 families,” Memon told Arab News over the phone from Jeddah.
“With the help of friends and volunteering doctors, we have also arranged free medical camps for flood-affected people in Dadu, Khairpur, Hyderabad and Larkana districts.”
Monsoon rains and floods have killed 1,208 people in Pakistan since mid-June, devastated tens of thousands of homes and washed away crops and road infrastructure, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The World Health Organization has said that more than 6.4 million people are in dire need of immediate humanitarian aid in the country.
The southern Sindh province remains the most affected part of the country, where water torrents have so far claimed 432 lives, whereas hundreds of thousands have lost their livelihoods.
Memon said his organization had provided relief items in six villages of Dadu, 12 villages of Larkana, 10 areas of Hyderabad, and three areas of Khairpur district.
“Along with this, volunteer doctors have treated hundreds of flood-affected people and provided them free medicines at our medical camps in every district,” he added.
The Pakistani expatriate vowed to assist in rehabilitation as well by helping build low-cost houses and establish small businesses for people affected by floods. He appealed to other Pakistani expatriates and affluent individuals to step up the effort by taking responsibility for at least one affected family.
“Our beloved country and its people are calling us for help in this time of need and we should all contribute to it,” he said.
Hamzah Gilani, a spokesperson for the Pakistani consulate in Jeddah, said Memon actively participated in many community welfare initiatives in close coordination with the country’s mission in the Kingdom.
“Memon is a well-known philanthropist in Pakistan and among the [Pakistani] community in Saudi Arabia, who is also closely associated with the mission and takes part in community welfare initiatives,” he told Arab News.
Gilani said he was not only known for his welfare work, but also for improving “people to people contacts between the two countries.”