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Gilgit-Baltistan registers alarming malnutrition rate

ANI  |  Gilgit-Baltistan [Pakistan] 

The deteriorating rate of and rate in (GB) raises serious concerns over poor health scenario in the region.

A survey report of Scaling up Nutrition unit of planning and development department of says the rate in the region is 74 percent whereas under-five mortality rate is 92 percent.

According to the survey, birth registration rate here is only 19 percent while the child labour rate is 45 percent and rate of marriage before the age of 18 is 43 percent.

The Dr. made a presentation in the workshop on nutrition with all stakeholders where planning and development and for Information were also present.

planning and development said on the occasion that it is the responsibility of health department to take necessary measures for better health conditions in the province.

Dr. said that the reasons behind in the province are selling of and provision of pure water to only three percent population across the

"The survey done by us shows a high incidence of 'stunting' in Diamer and Baltistan. Stunting means less height as per age. It is as high as 46.2 percent in these areas. It is more than even the third countries; it is more than African countries like Congo," Dr. Shah said.

The region remains in a constant famine situation under the pathetic government of

Mother and child hardly receive a minimally nutritious diet required to avert the danger posed by

Dr. further said, "The meaning of chronic malnutrition: a period of 1,000 days is known as a golden opportunity, which includes a time period of nine months of pregnancy and two years after the birth. A proper diet in these first 1,000 days is very crucial for a human being. In these 1,000 days, due to the lack of nutritious diet for both mother and the child, these issues of birth-death arise".

"It has been noticed that apart from stunting, the record of breastfeeding is low as well. Only 3.2 percent have access to safe drinking water. They are not aware of a nutritious diet. They are sustaining on a small diet of tea and a chapatti," he added.

There are hardly any policies formulated to ensure the in this illegally occupied territory.

The rulers sitting in are absolutely indifferent to this plight even after dismal malnutrition-related deaths record in Gilgit-Baltistan leaving the locals with nowhere to go.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 20:20 IST
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