No Salvation for Thar: Death Toll Rise to 190 as Another 6 Die of Malnutrition
THARPARKAR: Tragedy prevails in Thar with deaths toll of children rise to 190 with no signs addressing their malnutrition in sight but only tall claims by the government.
Six more children died due to malnutrition in drought-hit Tharparkar on Tuesday. According to the Hospital sources, six children died due to malnutrition at Mithi Civil Hospital on Tuesday morning.
The death toll, since Jan 1, has risen to over 190 children, according to information gathered by journalists from parents, villagers and elected local bodies representatives.
Dr Mohammad Iqbal Bhurgari, civil surgeon at the Mithi Civil Hospital, claimed that only 44 children had died in January and 16 more in the current month at the hospital.
Asked about the fate of more than 80 children the hospital referred to other cities, Dr Bhurgari said he had no information whether they survived or died.
Tharparkar DHO Dr Arjun Kumar said that 66 children had died at the hospitals of Mithi, Nagarparkar and Chhachhro while over 22,000 children had so far been brought to hospitals since Jan 1.
Many villagers complained that the government had not yet taken any step to open dispensaries in their areas.
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