KABUL: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported the death of at least 323 children affected by malnutrition since the start of the year-2022 in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health said that nearly 200,000 children are suffering from malnutrition in the past year.
“Since the beginning of the new year (2022), 59,883 severe malnutrition cases were registered, 137,096 children had moderate malnutrition, and 323 have died,” said Hazhir.
Health officials called unemployment and poverty as the main reasons for the surge of malnourished children in Afghanistan.
Officials at the Indira Gandhi (Sehat-e-Tefl) hospital said that around 60 malnourished children are brought into the hospital per month for treatment.
“Many of our patients are suffering from severe malnutrition. In addition to malnutrition, they suffer from other illnesses too,” said Dr. Mohammad Aref Hassanzai, a doctor at the hospital.
According to available numbers, more than 2,600,000 children affected by malnutrition were registered in the last three years in Afghanistan.