Tharparkar drought: Five more children die as fatality toll reaches 100

April 15, 2017

THARPARKAR: Five more children have died in Tharparkar, bringing the fatality toll due to malnutrition in 2017 to 100.

Mithi’s Civil Hospital doctor, Dr Sahib Dino said that four children including three-day-old Faizan, a minor girl Shanti, 11-month-old Kainat and five-day-old Babu died in the hospital during treatment.

Another child was also reported to have died in his village while receiving treatment from local doctors.  Health officials accept a death toll of 14 during month of April and overall toll of 100 during 2017 and dispute the cause of death, reported to be malnourishment.

The health experts said that poor provision of health facilities is exacerbating problems caused by the drought. “These facilities are ill-equipped, both in terms of doctors and equipment, to provide quality healthcare,” they said.