Five more children die of malnutrition in Tharparkar

THARPARKAR: Five more children died in Tharparkar of malnutrition, taking the death toll to 250 in the past five months.
Sixteen children have died in this one week in the desert region that borders India.
Tharparkar is one of Pakistan’s poorest districts spread over nearly 20,000 square kilometres in the country’s southeast. It is located at a distance of 300 kilometres from Karachi. A large population of minority Hindus lives in the area.
Mithi is the main town in the district, where the Civil Hospital is located. The hospital is in a shambles. Parents of sick children often complain of a shortage of medicines at Civil Hospital.
By Tuesday, 245 children had already died when the director-general of Sindh’s health department, Dr Akhlaq Ahmed Memon, arrived in Tharparkar. According to him, he had come to “review the deaths”. On Wednesday, he said he is still reviewing the situation.
The United Nations has put Pakistan on the list of countries with highest mortality rates with 22 infants dying before even turning one month old.

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