Five more children died of malnutrition and epidemics in different areas of Tharparkar in 24 hours, health department said on Sunday. According to details, five children among the children affected of malnutrition and under treatment at Civil Hospital Mithi breathed their last.
The latest deaths have taken the death toll in Tharparkar in May to 58 and 334 in the ongoing year. According to the 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 2018 stated that Pakistan is among countries with the highest infant mortality rate, 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 third.—INP