39 deaths reported in Thar in January: Jam Mehtab

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Health Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar on Monday said that Sindh government is committed to provide better health facilities in Thar but it is unfortunate enough that media is exaggerating number of deaths in Thar.

“In current month 39 children under 5 years have died so far, while 390 patients had been treated in six government hospitals of Tharparkar.” This he said while talking to media here in Sindh Assembly. He said that during current month three children died due to pre -term birth, seven children died due to birth asphyxia , three-died due to pneumonia, 12 died due to neonatal sepsis while other 10 died due to various causes.

He said 114 children were admitted in Civil Hospital Mithi on 25 January, out of which two died while two seriously ill children were referred to Hyderabad. Meanwhile, 11 children admitted in Diplo, 47 in Nangarparkar and 14 were admitted in Chachro , out of which four seriously ill children referred to Civil Hospital Hyderabad.

He said 109 children were under treatment in Mithi, Diplo, Nangarparkar and Chachro right now. He said all possible medical facilities were being provided to them. While replying to a question he said that in January almost 390 patients were treated. Among them 210 were male, 87 were female and 93 were children under 5 years. He said that health department was utilizing its all resources to provide health facilities to the patients. Adequate funds had been provided to DHO concerned for fuel and maintenance of ambulances to transport patients from Tharparkar to Hyderabad.

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