Provincial Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho said that children born under weight are more prone to death in Tharparkar. The minister thinks that low birth weight is one of the major causes of the deaths of children in Thar. According to a report, in Tharparkar, malnutrition has taken 29 innocent lives during October and 529 this year so far.
“Around 50 per cent children die in Thar within one month of their birth and the leading causes of children’s deaths are low birth weight, septicaemia and birth asphyxia or deprivation of oxygen at the time of birth,” the minister said while addressing a press conference.
However, the minister assured that the provincial health ministry is dealing with the malnutrition issue by setting up more health facilities closer to homes of the people in Thar.
Sindh government is working to improve conditions in Thar
The ministry also plans to provide cash to pregnant women to enable them to enable them get better health facilities. Giving food packages to pregnant women would also be a step forward in this regard.
The government would establish 80 more dispensaries in the desert district, where trained community midwives and lady health workers will be posted to help pregnant women in having better reproductive health, Dr Pechuho said.
Furthermore, she said the Sindh government has been working to improve social, economic and health conditions in Thar for many years. She assured that same efforts would be continued to provide relief to the poverty-stricken people of Thar.
Moreover, the minister added that the ongoing measles campaign was successful in Sindh over all but faced some issues in some areas. However, she assured that these issues would be fixed in the coming five days of the campaign. Also, she lauded the authorities concerned for achieving close to 100 per cent targets in the campaign in the rest of Sindh.