London. The director general of the World Health Organization said Wednesday that malnutrition could kill 10,000 more children each month this year, as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus indicated that, as a result of the pandemic, he estimated a 14% increase this year in the number of minors suffering from malnutrition, in the framework of a conference of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
That equates to 6.7 million more malnourished children, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
“The pandemic has caused serious disruptions to essential services, immunization, maternal services, child nutrition, family planning and more,” he said.
“We cannot accept a world where the rich have access to healthy diets while the poor are left behind,” he added.