Malnutrition claims lives of five more children in Tharparkar | Pakistan Today

Malnutrition claims lives of five more children in Tharparkar

THARPARKAR: Five more children died of malnutrition and epidemics in different areas of Tharparkar during 24 hours, the health department said on Monday.

According to details, among several others affected of malnutrition and under treatment at Mithi Hospital, five children expired.

The latest deaths have taken the death toll in Tharparkar in the ongoing year to 289. According to the health department, every year 1,500 children die due to malnutrition, infections and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote region.

Earlier, a report released by the United Nation’s Children Fund in April 2018 stated that Pakistan is among countries with the highest infant mortality rate, with 22 infants dying before turning one-month-old. Among these countries, eight are in Africa and two in Asia, including Afghanistan which is ranked third.

“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, and Singapore”.

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