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Afghanistan: Over 15,000 women and children treated from malnutrition in 2019 - health officials03:05

Afghanistan: Over 15,000 women and children treated from malnutrition in 2019 - health officials

Afghanistan, Jalalabad
May 27, 2019 at 16:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Health officials in Jalalabad revealed on Sunday that around 15,000 malnourished women and children have sought treatment at the Nangarhar treatment centres to date in 2019, while the overall nationwide number in recent years has reached 600,000 according to UNICEF.

"This year, around 15,712 women and children, who suffered from severe malnutrition, came to our treatment centres to receive treatment, but only 7,745 women and children recovered. The others still remain in the hospitals beds," said Muqeem Shah Miakhil, Head of Malnutrition Department of the Nangarhar Regional Hospital.

"Unfortunately the ongoing war in Afghanistan affected our education system and our economy. People still don't know about malnutrition, people don't know what kind of foods they should use," said Miakhil. "There are substandard foods which should not be used, but the people do not know about these foods, so they normally use it. That is the reason the malnutrition level is spiking day by day in Afghanistan."

Miakhil's words were echoed by Dr. Wahidullah Habibi, Chief of paediatric ward in the Nangarhar Regional Hospital. "Unfortunately Afghanistan is the country where the severe malnutrition is at high level. "The main reason is emigration, poverty, ongoing war, polluted drinking water, substandard food, and uneducated mothers in the families," he said.

Afghanistan: Over 15,000 women and children treated from malnutrition in 2019 - health officials03:05
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Health officials in Jalalabad revealed on Sunday that around 15,000 malnourished women and children have sought treatment at the Nangarhar treatment centres to date in 2019, while the overall nationwide number in recent years has reached 600,000 according to UNICEF.

"This year, around 15,712 women and children, who suffered from severe malnutrition, came to our treatment centres to receive treatment, but only 7,745 women and children recovered. The others still remain in the hospitals beds," said Muqeem Shah Miakhil, Head of Malnutrition Department of the Nangarhar Regional Hospital.

"Unfortunately the ongoing war in Afghanistan affected our education system and our economy. People still don't know about malnutrition, people don't know what kind of foods they should use," said Miakhil. "There are substandard foods which should not be used, but the people do not know about these foods, so they normally use it. That is the reason the malnutrition level is spiking day by day in Afghanistan."

Miakhil's words were echoed by Dr. Wahidullah Habibi, Chief of paediatric ward in the Nangarhar Regional Hospital. "Unfortunately Afghanistan is the country where the severe malnutrition is at high level. "The main reason is emigration, poverty, ongoing war, polluted drinking water, substandard food, and uneducated mothers in the families," he said.

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