2 more Thar in­fants die in Mithi Hos­pi­tal

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

THARPARKAR: Two more in­fants died at Civil hos­pi­tal Mithi, in Sindh's drought-hit dis­trict of Tharparkar on Fri­day, due to the health prob­lems caused by chronic mal­nu­tri­tion pre­vail­ing in the re­gion for a long time, said the sources within the hos­pi­tal.

Thar's sit­u­a­tion fails to im­prove de­spite re­lief mea­sures by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Sindh to ad­dress food short­age in the desert re­gion.

With the death of two more tod­dlers in Tharparkar, the num­ber of to­tal fa­tal­i­ties this year has reached to 560 so far.

The chair­man and the co-chair­man of the Pak­istan Peo­ple's Party (PPP), which is rul­ing the prov­ince, had taken the no­tice of the de­te­ri­o­rated sit­u­a­tion of Thar and di­rected to dis­burse gro­cery bags and to send fod­der for the an­i­mals in the re­gion, but the prob­lem con­tin­ues to re­main as dis­turb­ing as it was be­fore.

Last month, the Supreme Court had sum­moned the Sindh chief sec­re­tary and other top of­fi­cials in a case per­tain­ing to the deaths of chil­dren ow­ing to mal­nu­tri­tion in Tharparkar.

The chief jus­tice re­marked that he would him­self visit Tharparkar to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion in the drought-hit desert re­gion.

MNA Ramesh Ku­mar Vankwani dur­ing the hear­ing told the judges that there is a need to es­tab­lish ba­sic health cen­ters at the level of vil­lages in Tharparkar. Thar is the place where one could find ev­ery kind of herbs for medicines avail­able the world over, he claimed.

He said the health depart­ment alone couldn't ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion as the par­tic­i­pa­tion of other de­part­ments would be nec­es­sary for re­lief ef­forts in the re­gion. - NNI

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