Six children die of malnutrition in Thar

F.P. Report

MITHI: At least six children died at the Civil Hospital Mithi due to malnutrition and other diseases in past two days.

Undernourishment and other health problems in the desert district continued to take toll of human lives in the area.

According to district administration, the total number of deaths has reached 215 owing to malnutrition from January till date, sources in the hospital said.

On February 24, three children died at Mithi Civil Hospital within 48 hours due to prevailing problem. Every year hundreds of children die due to malnutrition, various infections and lack of proper medical facilities and medicines in the region, health department sources said.

Total death toll of children in Thar dying from various health related issues in Sindh’s Tharparker region continues to soar with three more deaths of children in civil hospital.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in October last year had directed the health department to set up medical camps so as to deal with with the health issues as a result of drought-like situation in Tharparkar.

While presiding over a high level-meeting, Shah had asked health department to seek assistance of medical universities in providing medical facilities to the people of Thar.