Five children die due to malnutrition, viral diseases in Thar 


THARPARKAR: At least another five children died and a dozen others were affected due to malnutrition and epidemic diseases in Tharparkar in past 24 hours.

According to details, the deaths took place at Civil Hospital Mithi in which the doctors said starving pregnant mothers arrived at the hospital and gave birth to dead children.

Health and medical facilities in Thar district are far from existence as several health centres have not been inaugurated so far.

Contrary to the ground realities, Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho, during her visit to Tharparkar, said the deaths were not occurring because of malnutrition. She also said the district had adequate medical facilities.

Azra Fazal Pechuho said underage mothers give birth to weak kids who die on their way to the hospital.

The Provincial Health Minister pledged to provide more health facilities for Tharis. She also apprised that the Sindh government was formulating ‘Thar Drought Policy’ to counter drought situation.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah during his last tenure had vowed to make the district a “Green Thar”.