Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday expressed the determination to undertake the mammoth task of rebuilding Pakistans flood-battered healthcare system. We will not rest till every one of the flood victims is rehabilitated and enabled to resume his life with honour and dignity, Prime Minister Gilani said here at the distribution of long lasting impregnated nets for Malaria to the provinces at the PM House. Gilani said the recent floods have wreaked havoc across all the four provinces, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, requiring billions of rupees to repair and rebuild health infrastructure. He said the raging waters decimated whatever came its way and the health services were the worst hit with hundreds of basic health units washed away. Gilani said the government took emergency measures as it feared the outbreak of epidemic and disease in the flood affected areas. Gilani said considering the magnitude of the disaster, this gigantic task cannot be achieved alone and the international community should play its part to help Pakistan get its healthcare system back on its feet. Gilani said the international community had predicted that while the first wave of deaths had come instantly as the flood water struck, the next wave, they predicted, would hit in after a month or so from diseases and epidemics. While the outbreak of epidemics has been checked to a large extent through timely intervention by the government, the current situation can lead to the breeding of disease vectors of malaria, Gilani warned. He called for timely action on the part of all stakeholders to cope with the challenge. Let me tell you that the government is fully alive to the situation and todays gathering organized for the distribution of long-lasting impregnated nets for Malaria among the provinces is the reflection of its resolve to do everything possible for the rehabilitation of the flood affectees. He said as the flood water recedes, the threat of Malaria will grow progressively. The utmost vigilance and surveillance along with effective preventive measures need to be put in place to avert the threat. He said Health Coordination Hubs have been set up, and a Disease Early Warning System was being serviced by a total of 479 fixed health centers and 544 mobile outreach camps in the affected areas. In addition 33,222 Lady Health Workers were also engaged in flood relief activities in 57 districts of the country. He said the extent of damage can be measured from the fact that 236 health facilities such as basic health units, dispensaries and hospitals were damaged while around 200 have been destroyed in the flood-hit areas. Prime Minister Gilani said the government has commenced distribution of Watan Cards to the flood affected families, entitling each family to a Rs. 20,000 relief payment in the first phase. The remaining 80,000 rupees would be paid accordingly. Eligible people are being registered by the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA). The government has set up National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) with representation of all the federating units to oversee the rehabilitation process and ensure transparent utilization of money. He expressed satisfaction that the Ministry of Health has moved fast in providing a preventive net of health services with a result that there was no epidemic anywhere in the country. Provision of insecticide treated bed nets would ensure that our people are protected from the onslaught of the deadly diseases, he said and pointed that WHO, UNICEF and the Global Fund have arranged substantial quantities of bed nets for the flood victims. Gilani thanked all the organizations and individuals who have worked in the flood affected areas especially those who have rendered health-related services on the field. The event was attended by Minister for Health Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Secretary Health Khushnood Akhtar Lashari, Provincial Chief Secretaries and representatives of the International Agencies.