Fred de Sam Lazaro:
On this day, Dr. Akbar was discharging 4-month-old baby Mohammed Bilal (ph), who was rushed here by his parents in severe breathing distress.
A day later, with antibiotics and oxygen therapy, he was stabilized, able to breast-feed and breathe on his own. The care package of nutrition supplements will help a bit, but young Bilal seriously underweight at just 4.5 pounds, was hardly in good health as his family brought him home from the hospital to a tent that sits amid the rubble of the home they lost.
It collapsed on the second day of the rains. Already deep in debt for a motorcycle taxi business, Bilal’s father, Izhar Ul Haq, has no idea how they will rebuild.