MITHI: Two more newborn babies died at Civil Hospital Mithi, pushing this month’s death toll from malnutrition to 32, ARY News reported on Sunday.
Sources at the hospital said that the infants were died due to malnutrition during the treatment. After the death toll reaching to 32 for this month, the year’s death rate raised to 457 in the area.
According to health experts, the major causes of these deaths are malnutrition and lack of proper healthcare facilities in the Tharparkar district of the Sindh province.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which has been in power for nearly ten years in the province, had attracted strong criticism from opposition parties for failing to address the issues which lead to children’s deaths.
Health experts say the government’s inability to ensure food supplies in the arid region results in malnutrition of mothers which resulting in death of newborns in the region.
Thar desert, one of Pakistan’s poorest areas, has recently witnessed an alarming number of children suffering from pneumonia or diarrhea due to a dangerous mix of drought, poverty and poor health infrastructure.