The toll of children dying for various reasons in Sindh’s Tharparker region continues to rise as three more children succumbed to death in the past 18 hours.
According to the health department, the deaths took place at Civil Hospital, Mithhi with the deceased including two newborns and a one-year-old child.
The recent deaths of three children take the death toll to nine for this month and 375 this year. According to the Sindh health department, every year, 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region. A report released by the United Nation’s Children Fund in April stated that Pakistan is in the list of countries with the highest mortality rates 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 at the third place.
‘Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born as measured by its newborn mortality rate,’ the report stated. ‘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.’
Meanwhile, it is reported from Kasur, at least three children, two sisters and one brother, were killed and another injured when roof of a dilapidated house collapsed in Kasur in the wee hours of Friday.
Rescue teams with the help of residents of the area retrieved the bodies from the debris and shifted them to hospital. The deceased kids were identified as Naseem, Maria and Tahir.
The parents of the children remained unhurt as they were sleeping outside the room.
Another girl was shifted in critical condition to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. According to rescue sources, the house was in a dilapidated condition.