Dr. Ilyas Chattha's on Kasur refugee camps.
By early September, the refugee populations in the Kasur camps had reached 250,000. Supplies of vaccine had run out even although Government efforts to obtain it reached as far as France. The refugee population was thus vulnerable to the outbreak of cholera. It also had to survive the rains living in the open. After one night of heavy downpours on 4 September, there were many victims in the Ganda Singh Wala camp, the following morning. The divisional officer of Kasur visited the camp and appealed to the local population to assist the refugees. That day one immediate effort was the segregation of refugees into three camps— Cholera Camp—Women Camp—Main Camp. Kasur's municipal hospital, which had the capacity of thirty-two beds, had already admitted 750 “surgical cases of extensive wounds”. The hospital areas had already extended to adjoining houses and a nearby school. “Hundreds of women, men and children in critical position still had to be catered in the hospital”. “When I visited Kasur a week ago”, The Times (London) journalist reported on 12 September 1947, “there was one doctor attending to more than 700 cases, nearly all surgical cases in hospital”.