Σάββατο, 9 Ιουνίου 2018

UN: 1.25 Million Somali Children Face Acute Malnourishment after Floods

1.25 Million Somali Children Face Acute Malnourishment after Floods
The UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) said more than 1.25 million children are expected to be acutely malnourished this year because of flooding in Somalia.


Chief UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Friday told reporters at UN Headquarters during a regular briefing that flooding since April is being blamed, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said the agency reported about half of children under five years old, or "more than 1.25 million are expected to be acutely malnourished this year. That includes up to 232,000 children who will suffer severe acute malnutrition, which requires specialized lifesaving care."

"Many of the flood-impacted areas are in the path of an ongoing measles outbreak, and a spike in acute watery diarrhea/cholera cases is a major threat," Dujarric said.

"The rains spread diseases that are particularly deadly for malnourished children with exhausted, fragile immune systems," said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesman in Geneva.

"The flooding has damaged water points, sanitation facilities and other critical infrastructure, and 22 nutrition centers treating over 6,000 acutely malnourished children in areas hosting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have had to shut down," he said.
  (Tasnim)
 9/6/18

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