KARACHI – The hunger and insufficient medical facilities have withered nine more infants in famine sickened desert of Thar while Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah could only stage a press conference.
According to the media reports on Tuesday six more children breath their last. With this the total casualties in last two months from malnutrition have mounted to 99.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s leader and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah addressed a press conference in which he said “The main problem of Thar is its poverty. We have been trying to do everything for reducing poverty from here. However, I have directed ministry of health to properly investigate the reason of deaths so that it can be taken care of.”
According to the details, three infants died in village Alamsar near Chhachhro whereas two others died in the Civil Hospital Mithi. Doctors told that the reasons for their deaths were malnutrition, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
In a recently released report by the District Health Department in Umerkot, it emerged that 85 people have died in Umerkot out of which 61 were infants. The collated death toll in 2014 is reported to be above 470.
Tharparkar is spread over 22,000 square kilometers, with a population of about 1.5 million people. At an average, every third year is a drought year. The region faces famine at least once every decade.