THARPARKAR – With the death of three more children, the figure have reached up to 126 while children are losing their lives in Thar but the federal and provincial government is busy in tug of war just to gain political point scoring.
According to details three more lives on Monday as a one-year-old child as well as two-year-old Babu and three-year-old Samina died in Civil Hospital, Hyderabad. Around seven children are currently under treatment at the same hospital. At least 126 children have lost their lives in the last three months because of the drought in Tharparkar.
According to details both governments, the federal and provincial, are blaming each other, responsible for the killings in sandy area. More than 150 deaths have been confirmed by unofficial reports but responsible personalities are not ready to make arrangements for the poor people.
The government of Sind is not providing original figure of deaths just to cover their poor performance. “A total of 67 death cases of infants and children have been reported [in Tharparkar in the last three months],” stated a report submitted by the chief secretary of Sindh in the Supreme Court during the hearing of Tharparkar suo motu notice case.
This figure is around half of the deaths reported by the media of the country which put the toll at 126. The report stated that 26 deaths were reported in December, 18 in January and 23 in February.
“Most of these deaths have been due to pneumonia, sepsis, birth asphyxia and very few from malnutrition. Sepsis is mainly due to use of unhygienic methods of delivery used by midwives and untrained local ‘Daiees’,” the report states further.
According to the report, around 0.12 million wheat bags worth Rs429 million are being distributed amongst the affected people. “Around 80,000 bags have already been dispatched and received in the district.”
Justice Azmat Saeed, during the hearing of Tharparkar suo motu case, said that people in the district do not need the prime minister or the chief minister but they need food.
“We should bow our heads in shame over what is happening there,” Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said about the situation in Tharparkar.
On the other hand Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday took notice of the strict security measures taken to protect him during his visit to the drought-hit Tharparkar. The security protocol caused trouble to the people of Mithi as access to a local hospital was blocked. Prime Minister Nawaz arrived in Mithi to meet the affected people of the district of Tharparkar.