Death toll in Tharparkar hits 40 in the last month due to malnutrition and poor health facilities

Death toll in Tharparkar hits 40 in the last month due to malnutrition and poor health facilities

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MITHI: On Sunday, two more kids expired owing to viral diseases and malnutrition, mounting the number of children’s death to 40 in last month, at a public hospital in Mithi.

Civil Hospital Mithi sources told that 40 minors conked out in September only, while 360 deaths have resulted so far due to malnutrition in the following year.

The sources said the district hospital was also facing dearth of medicines. Water level too has dropped in drought-hit areas such as Tharparkar. People have issued complaints regarding lack of health facilities in the district.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has recently constituted a committee to probe underlying reasons of deaths of the children.

In April, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah assigned Child Foundation the task to assess pediatric facilities at Mithi hospital.

“I am worried about the children of Thar who still need special attention,” he said while holding a meeting with a delegation of Child Foundation here at the CM House.

He directed the Child Foundation to send their professional team to Mithi Civil Hospital to inspect their entire facilities and give him a report within a week on the missing facilities so that they could be provided at the earliest.

 

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