Six more toddlers fall prey to malnutrition in Tharparkar


MITHI: At least six more children died on Tuesday at the Civil Hospital Mithi, Tharparkar, due to malnutrition.

According to the district administration, the total number of deaths has reached 23 owing to malnutrition in this ongoing month. Undernourishment and other health-related problems in the drought-stricken district of Tharparkar continued to take the lives of toddlers in the area.

Three of deceased children were suffering from premature birth complications and 2 from birth-related Asphyxia, said DHO Tharparkar. A report released by the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNCF) in April stated that Pakistan is among the countries with the highest infant mortality rates, with 22 infants dying before turning one month old.

Meanwhile, a district health officer (DHO) Tharparkar Dr. Irshad Ahmed Memon in a statement said that as many as 721 children died due to malnutrition and epidemics last year in the drought-hit Tharparkar.

While describing malnutrition another a major cause of the death in children, DHO said that about 1,93,779 ailing kids were brought in the OPDs of the hospitals last year.


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