Seven more children die of malnutrition in Thar

Our Correspondent


Seven more children in Thar lost their lives due to waterborne diseases and malnutrition in a span of two days, bringing the past three month’s death toll to 89.
One-month-old Alima, nine-month-old Danish, three-month-old Makhna and a newborn infant all perished in Mithi’s Civil Hospital, whereas three more children lost their lives in Nagarparkar this week.
Parents carrying their ailing infants complained of a lack of facilities and lamented what they felt was an indifferent attitude adopted by doctors and paramedics.
Villagers from Nagarparkar, while speaking to local journalists, deplored that more than 50 children were suffering from waterborne diseases in their area, and appealed to health department officials to send mobile dispensaries for the treatment of sick children.
According to Mithi District Health Officer Dr Akhlaque Ahmed, 26,709 children below the age of five were brought to six health facilities in the district over the past three months, where 86 had died and 135 were referred to Hyderabad and sent onto other hospitals for better treatment.
Ahmed was uncertain as to how many children survived after being referred to hospitals outside Mithi.

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