Karachi (October 10, 2018): Chief Secretary Sindh, Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah on Wednesday chaired an important meeting regarding Thar’s situation.
During the meeting, it was decided to provide “Grocery Bags” to the residents of Thar.
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It was decided to provide nutrition bags along with wheat to the residents of the area.
In this regard, a summary will be soon sent to the Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah for the approval.
Earlier on October 09, Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered to form an impartial investigation committee to submit the report about deaths of infants in Thar, I will visit Thar myself, remarked chief justice.
A three membership bench of the supreme court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan heard the case pertaining to deaths of infants in Thar due to malnutrition.
The chief justice remarked that he would himself visit Tharparkar to examine the situation in the drought-hit district of Sindh province.MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani told the judges that there is a need to establish basic health centers at the level of villages in Tharparkar. Thar is the place where one could find every kind of drug available the world over, he claimed.
He said the health department alone couldn’t address the situation as the participation of other departments in relief efforts would be necessary.
CJP asked the Attorney General of Pakistan what role could the court play in this situation.
At this, the chief federal law officer replied hospitals are constructed in Tharparkar but doctors are not available, adding that one can find big machines at health facilities but not operators to run them.
He suggested that the district and session judge of Mithi be called to brief the top court about the current situation there.
On the other hand, the death toll of children in the region is incessantly on the rise with three more reported dead due to malnutrition.
According to the Sindh health department, three infants succumbed to malnutrition in Mithi’s Civil Hospital amongst other deaths.
As per reports, the total number of deaths in the region of children have reached seven in October with the entire year’s figure being 483.
The health department further revealed that 1,500 children perish on an annual basis on the grounds of undernourishment, infections and a deprivation of appropriate medical amenities in the area.The United Nation’s Children Fund in a report released in April asserted that with as many as 22 infants dying before turning one month old, Pakistan stands with countries that presently have the highest rate of infant mortality.
“Pakistan is the riskiest place to be born as measured by its newborn mortality rate. A baby born in Pakistan is almost 50 times more likely to die during his or her first month than a baby born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore,” read the report.