Three infants died due to malnutrition and weather related diseases in Tharparkar. According to details available Tuesday, infants Muhammad Khan (7 days), Ali (one day) and Mashooq -2 months died in Civil hospital, Mithi, while treatment to 37 children suffering from various ailments was being provided.
The death toll of infants during the current year had reached to 138. Meanwhile, the Additional Session Judge Mithi visited the hospital and directed the management to ensure provision of proper medical facilities to the visiting patients.
It was revealed earlier that at least 57 per cent of children under five are stunted in Sindh alone, child rights advocacy group Sparc said in a report. The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child cited data compiled by the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (PESFA) in its report titled ‘Children on the Move’.
Thirty-five per cent of children below the age of five are severely stunted. ‘This is alarming and worrisome,’ it said in the report. Statistics also clearly demonstrated the provincial government’s obliviousness to addressing child and mother health issues.
Citing statistics compiled by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the report showed that the incidence of stunting in children in Tharparkar was recorded at 45.9 per cent. The findings were corroborated by a nutrition and mortality survey that Unicef conducted in Tharparkar, Sanghar and Kamber-Shahdadkot districts of Sindh.—Agencies