14 pc Kandahar children undernourishment: Red Crescent
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Red Crescent treats hundreds of children every month through special nutrition programs to control malnourishment among children in southern Kandahar province, an official said on Friday.
Ahmadullah Faizi, director nutrition in health department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that malnutrition had not been decreased in Kandahar and other southern provinces. Uruzgan is one of the highest rated malnourished stricken provinces in southern zone, he said, adding 14 percent children were malnourished due to rampant poverty, lack of awareness and parents’ negligence.
Faizi added malnourishment led to other diseases among children such as lungs, heart and neurology therefore free nutrition program was initiated with the support of Red Crescent. The poverty stricken mothers bring their children to nutrition centers in the province.
Bus Bibi, was one of the mothers among scores women waiting for her turn at the Mirwais Hospital, said: “My son has been admitted in the hospital for last four months since he is diagnosed as malnourished.” She was herself malnourished hence she could not properly feed her child and she started dry milk to feed the child, Bibi recalled.
Bibi added she knew scores of undernourished children but their parents did not have awareness regarding malnourishment.
Shahida, a mother, admitted her daughter was malnourished for last few months. She added that her children were malnourished due to her poverty. She demanded the government to establish more nutrition centers and start awareness program in this regard.
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