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0.4m children, 20,000 mothers die annually.

LAHORE, September 23, 2010 (Frontier Star): Secretary Health Punjab Fawad Hassan Fawad has said that 4 lakh children below 5 year of age and 20,000 mothers died annually in Pakistan due to malnutrition, socio-economic problems and non access to the health facilities. He said that about 8,000,000 people have been affected from the recent flood and the major victims of various diseases are children and mothers. Due to this it has been decided to celebrate mother and child week in flood hit districts. During the week special efforts would be made to provide better health facilities to 5 lakh 88 thousand children and 3 lakh 36 thousand mothers. He expressed these views in a hotel in connection with the mother and child health week which would be celebrated till 28th September. This week has been organized by the national programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care in collaboration with UNICEF. Besides, Special Secretary Health (Dev) Wasim Mukhtar, the senior officers of the department and the representatives of UNICEF were also present on this occasion. Secretary Health further said that Gynea facilities are available at district and tehsil level but due to the social problems, shortage of carrying facilities and malnutrition 2/3rd infants die in first 28 days of their lives. Fawad Hassan Fawad informed that during the campaign de-worming of children aging between 2 to 5 years and vaccination of under two year children would be carried out whereas, pregnant women would be given anti-tetanus injections. Moreover, mothers and children upto 3 years would be provided with special food packets for overcoming their nutritional deficiencies. He informed that 24 out door centres and five large indoor centres are being established in Muzaffargarh, Layyah, DG Khan and Rajanpur districts.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 23, 2010
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