At least six infants die due to infections, malnutrition in Thar


THARPARKAR: As many as six infants lost their lives over the last 24 hours in Sindh’s Tharparker district owing to the viral infections and malnutrition, hospital sources told a private media outlet on Saturday.

Health Department sources said that 47 infants died in Mithi Civil Hospital and other government hospitals in the desert region during the ongoing month while claiming a total of 155 lives this year alone.

The children were admitted to government-run hospitals for medical attention by their parents who complained of lack of facilities, including life-saving drugs.

It is pertinent to mention that the local health officials were told not to share details with the media after the Supreme Court had taken suo moto notice in April last year of the deaths of five children in Mithi Civil Hospital

Health and nutrition experts, including Health and Nutrition Development Society (Hands) Chief Executive Officer Dr Tanwer Ahmed ─ whose organisation is working for healthcare development in Thar – are of the opinion that malnutrition, poverty, frequent droughts and early marriages among the people of Thar are the prime factors behind the deaths.