Infants continue to die in drought hit areas of Pakistan

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Tharparker, Pakistan: The news of the tragic increase in mortality rate of infants in Pakistan is baffling with grief-stricken communities having no power to raise their voice against the ruling government. The media in drought-hit Pakistan outlined innumerable connotations to it, including malnutrition, abandoned hospitals, scarce rainfall and so on. But it all went unseen.

Who is to be blamed? In past years, we come across posts and write-ups in different social networking sites regarding how a girl child and a woman is perceived in the society across the globe.

The short documentary of 1 minute, documented by Ayesha Tanzeem of Voice of America draws a parallel line between the deaths of the infants of Tharparker (a region in Pakistan) with the poverty of the people. The documentary sadly chronicles the grounds of the mortality of the infants.

The girl child born of an average weight of 800gms is very much common to the sights of the doctors because there are cases when the weight of a newborn child is even less than 500gms. The children are infested with malnutrition.

Parents of the children suffering from malnutrition can be seen screaming at their deaths or at their meager condition. The parents come to hospitals from far off villages. Tharparker is a deserted area with short annual rainfall. The livestock and the crops are affected shoddily by the drought condition. The scarcities of crops lead the people to eat “Bread and Dry chili flakes”.

It is pitiful but these people have no other means to live on. The conceived mothers do not get enough nutrition to raise the baby in their womb. The situation has got shoddier because the government is glancing away from the miseries of the people. There are no medical facilities available to them; pregnant women deliver babies at home.

The cost of breathing is expensive for these people; death as a testimony is the only choice for them. We can only feel their pain virtually. It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter. The situation has to change. Humanity needs to be upgraded. These poor souls should not be subjected to something they are not at fault for. The documentary is a call of humanity.

This documentary is a call for humanity:

  • Annesha Das Gupta

    ” It is high time when the government and other local bodies should look into the matter” – The citation say it all.

  • Shriya Katoch

    Such issues need to be dealt with at the earliest .