WHO fears 10,000 more child deaths per month from malnutrition

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WHO fears 10,000 more child deaths per month from malnutrition




A health worker takes samples for a coronavirus test from a minor in Kashmir. Photo Ap


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A health worker takes samples for a coronavirus test from a minor in Kashmir. Photo Ap


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.

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