Tharparkar Deaths Rise as Four More Minors Die Due to Malnutrition, Sources Say
On Thursday, four minors passed away who were under treatment for malnutrition at the Civil Hospital in Mithi.
As per the Tharparkar Department of Health, the minors were between a day and eight months old only. Moreover, almost all minors pass away in just 24 hours after birth.
However, the latest fatalities have taken the October death toll in Tharparker to 14, and 490 in this year alone. The deaths were reported by the local health department and the department stated that the deaths have been caused by diseases, but also in most cases, malnutrition in the area.
Every year in Tharparkar, 1,500 die due to infections, malnutrition, and lack of proper medical facilities in the remote area, according to the health department.
Earlier in April, a report was released by the United Nations Children Fund which stated that Pakistan is among countries with the highest infant mortality rates, with 22 infants dying before turning one month old.
Among the rankings of these countries, eight are in Africa and two in Asia, and Afghanistan which is ranked the third.
Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born as measured by its newborn mortality rate. 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,”the report stated.