Diarrhoea claims 80,000 lives annuallyAugust 3, 2014
Karachi: President Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA) Prof Dr Iqbal Memon revealed on Monday that around 80,000 children die of Diarrhoea annually in Pakistan.
Talking to PPI, Prof Memon said according to the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey report, 25000 children die annually of Diarrhoea in Sindh province which contribute 30 percent to overall deaths throughout the country. He informed that over 25 million children suffer from Diarrhoea in province every year.
He said currently over 350 Diarrhoea cases are being reported from different public healthcares including Civil Hospital Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and National Institute of Child Health on daily basis. He informed that peak season of Diarrhoea starts with first spell of monsoon yearly and continues till the end of rainy season.
Prof Memon said 70 to 100 Diarrhoea cases are being reported from Civil Hospital Karachi in daily basis, while 100 to 150 children with Diarrhoea are being admitted with disease symptoms in National Institute of Child Health OPD. He feared that torrential rain in Karachi might increase Diarrhoea cases in the city as well as other parts of province.
He said contaminated water, poor sanitation, unhygienic foods and decayed fruits are major causes of waterborne diseases, especially Diarrhoea. He informed children between six months to two year age are most vulnerable of Diarrhoea disease.
He said liquid foods like yogurt, potable water and mother feeding is necessary to keep children healthy in monsoon season. He stressed the need for availability of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) drink packets at healthcares to prevent from Diarrhoea.