114 children dead from malnutrition outbreak

malnutritionFrom PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – MALNUTRITION has claimed the lives of 114 children in central Angola since the beginning of the year.
According to government officials the death rate in Benguela Province was nonetheless lower than last year’s toll when 129 deaths were recorded in the first third of 2016.
Current deaths have been recorded from 4 488 cases, which is higher than the same period in 2016 when 3 448 cases of malnutrition were recorded.
All these cases have been associated with poor sanitation, early interruption of breastfeeding and bad eating habits.
Benguela nutritional programme supervisor, Flora Vanda, said children were dying after reaching health centres late.
Vanda also bemoaned the lack of healing drugs.
She also attributed the prevalence of malnutrition deaths to such diseases as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
“The malnutrition death toll might rise in the coming days as a result of high number of internment of cases of opportunistic diseases, aggravated by early interruption of breastfeeding,” Vanda further warned.
Malnutrition is the latest setback to afflict Southern Africa’s biggest country by size.
A cholera outbreak following heavy rains recently left 18 people dead.
Some 1,42 million people, including 750 000 children are affected by chronic drought.
CAJ News

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