Pakistan

Two more infants die in drought-stricken Tharparkar

MITHI: The wave of deaths in drought-hit Tharparkar is still relentless as two more children died of malnutrition today, ARY News reported.

The death toll in the district has reached 256.

A one-month old infant died today at the Civil Hospital Mithi. The child belonged to Chachro village who was admitted at the hospital in Mithi. Similarly, another infant died at the hospital.

The PPP-led Sindh government has frequently been blamed for failing to take necessary measures to contain deaths owing to starvation in the wake of famine-like situation.

Doctors have alarmed that malnutrition was taking its toll on women’s health, thus leading birth of undernourished children.

The Thar desert, straddling the Indian border and one of Pakistan’s poorest areas, has seen an alarming number of children suffering pneumonia or diarrhoea due to a dangerous mix of drought, poverty and poor health infrastructure.

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