THARPARKAR (9 News) – Four children and a woman were killed due to lack of medicines in Mithi Civil Hospital on Friday.
Scarcity of medicines is continuing across Tharparkar. The number of deaths has climbed to 369 during the current year.
According to the Health Department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.
Earlier, a report released by the United Nation’s Children Fund in April 2018 stated that Pakistan is among countries with the highest infant mortality rate, with 22 infants dying before turning one-month-old.
Among these countries, eight are in Africa and two in Asia, including Afghanistan which is ranked third.
“Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born as measured by its newborn mortality rate. A baby born in Pakistan is almost 50 times more likely to die during his or her first month than a baby born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore,” the report said.