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Malnutrition-induced child deaths surge in Afghanistan

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KABUL: Death rate of children affected by malnutrition in Afghanistan has surged in recent months amid the severe shortages of medical and food supplies, officials said.

Officials at the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital said that the number of malnourished children has recently jumped by 50 per cent.

“The number of patients has increased recently. Our work is being affected as the number of patients is overwhelming, and the death rate among the children has also increased. If there is no solution found for the problem, we will face a complete shortage of equipment,” said Farid Ahmad Andishmand, a doctor.

The head of Indira Gandhi Children Hospital, Mohammad Latif Bahir, expressed concern over the suspension of aid to the health sector, Tolo TV reported.

“The number of our patients has increased compared to previous weeks. We are facing an overwhelming number of patients and we can only check on emergency patients and deny other patients,” he said.

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