Drought takes six more lives in Tharparkar, toll rises to 67

January 15, 2016

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Six more children died from various diseases in different hospitals of Tharparkar district of Sindh in past 24 hours. ─Photo by author
Six more children died from various diseases in different hospitals of Tharparkar district of Sindh in past 24 hours. ─Photo by author

MITHI: Six more children died from various diseases in different hospitals of Tharparkar district of Sindh in past 24 hours, raising the drought death toll to 67 since the start of this month.

A newborn died in Mithi Civil Hospital, five more minors lost lives in remote village of Diplo and Chhachhro talukas of district .

Meanwhile, scores of children were brought to the hospitals in Mithi, Diplo, Nagarparkar, Islamkot, Chhachhro and other towns of the district for treatment.

Parents and relatives of patients also complained about lack of healthcare facilities and attitude of doctors and other paramedical staff.

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The members of the civil society have asked the chief justice of Supreme Court and Sindh High Court to again assign Relief Inspecting Judge Mian Fayaz Rabbani to monitor the situation of the hospitals, Reverse Osmosis plants and other facilities in Tharparkar after the outbreak of the diseases killing minors.

Former president of Thar Bar Association, Bheerji Lal, said that he had written a letter to the registrar of SHC in November last year requesting him to make Rabbani the relief inspecting judge again.

He said that there was a severe lack of healthcare facilities and safe drinking water in the entire district and urged the chief justice of Supreme Court and SHC to take notice of the alarming situation in Thar.

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