Tharparkar loses two more children to malnutrition


THARPARKAR: The death toll of children in Tharparkar continues to climb as two more kids passed away due to malnutrition here on Thursday.

According to the Sindh Health Department, the deaths took place at Civil Hospital Mithhi where two minors expired, bringing the total number of deaths in the ongoing month to 14.

The recent deaths have taken the death toll in Tharparkar since January 1, 2018, to 601.

According to the health department, around 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region every year.

The United Nation’s Children Fund (UNCF) in its report in April had stated that Pakistan is among the countries with the highest infant mortality rates in the world, with 22 infants dying before turning one month old.

Among these countries, eight are in Africa and two are in Asia, including Afghanistan which is ranked at number three.

“Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born as measured by its newborn mortality rate,” the report stated. “A baby born in Pakistan is almost 50 times more likely to die during his or her first month than a baby born in Japan, Iceland or Singapore.”