200,000 Afghans face moderate to severe malnutrition

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The Ministry of Public Health said that 200,000 Afghans, including women and children, have been suffering from malnutrition in the last month in the country.

“In the month of Asad (August) 200,000 persons, including mothers, were suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition and some of them were treated during this time,” said Sharafat Zaman Amarkhil, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health.

Doctors at Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital said that this hospital has 20 beds for malnourished children but now the number of malnourished patients is more than 30.

“In Asad month (august) we had 120 patients and right now we have 31 patients in bed while we have 20 beds, so it means all beds in this hospital are being used to treat malnutrition,” said Mohammad Arif Hassanzoi, a doctor.

“Malnutrition cases here are not due just to economic challenges, but they are suffering because their mothers are uneducated and do not know how to feed their children,” said Samsor Zarin, a doctor.

“Children need good food but when their father doesn’t have any job and sits at home we can’t feed our children,” said Jamila, a mother.

 

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