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‘Thousands of children die of malnutrition, other diseases’

‘Thousands of children die of malnutrition, other diseases’

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Aug 04, 2015 - 18:53

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Minister of Public Healthinfo-icon Dr. Firozuddin Firoz on Tuesday said over 100,000 children died annually due to malnutrition and others deadly diseases in the country.

He expressed these views during a gathering on Worldinfo-icon Breastfeeding Week. The motto of the gathering was “Working Mothers Can Also Feed Their Babies.”

The World Breastfeeding Week is observed globally in most of the countries from August 2 to 7 annually.

The minister said that with breastfeeding the newborn babies could get a healthy life, which was important for a healthy societyinfo-icon.

He stressed on mothers to continue feeding their babies for at least two years because breastfeeding saved babies from multiple diseases.

He said feeding other milks to babies was dangerous and could cause disabilities among kids. According to Fairooz, it was the responsibility of health ministry to stop the import of unhealthy milks inside the country.

Currently 70 percent babies, he said were fed by their mothers in the first hour of their death and 60 percent in the first six months of their birth. He said it was not a satisfactory figures and the government would try to explore ways for spreading awareness message in this regard.

According to statistics, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said as many as 100,000 children under the age of five lost their lives out of which 47,000 died due to malnutrition.

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