Six more children die of malnutrition

December 06, 2017

THARPARKAR - Six more children died of malnutrition in Tharparkar within 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 516 during the current year.

According to the details, six children, including three newborn, died of drought-related causes at Civil Hospital in Mithi. Parents carrying their ailing infants complained of lack of facilities in the hospital and demanded the government to take notice of the issue immediately.

Curbing undernourishment and maternal ill-health continues to be a glaring challenge for Pakistan’s health sector. Tharparkar was reaching an alarming level owing to prolonged drought and shortage of drinking water.   Maternal death figures in the district were highest in the province and stressed the need to make sincere efforts to provide nutrition to newborns and pre-natal healthcare to pregnant women at their doorsteps in order to avoid more fatalities.