Tuesday 20 March 2018

GOAL warns of Pakistani children starving after floods

AID agency GOAL has warned of an impending wave of mortality amongst children who have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan.

Workers for the Irish group say the situation is "deteriorating fast" and they have now focused their attention on responding to malnutrition.

GOAL yesterday released a series of pictures of emaciated children who have been brutally affected as a result of the problems.

"Random nutritional screening assessments undertaken by GOAL in the Larkana and Sukkur districts of Sindh province reveal that the dietary requirements of children are being completely overlooked and there is little or no treatment currently available for those falling ill," head of programmes Jonathan Edgar said.

"Existing treatment services are often totally inappropriate for their condition. The international response is greatly under-resourced and must be refocused if we are to prevent a massive wave of child mortality in the coming weeks and months."

In a recent survey of a group of 23 random children, just four were found not to have any signs of malnutrition.

Nutritionist Hatty Newhouse said a malnutrition rate of two in every five children was found in a survey of seven camps.

Irish Independent

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