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Benguela: Over hundred children die of malnutrition

Mon, 29 May 2017 10:14 - Updated Mon, 29 May 2017 10:14

Children in hospital

Photo: Angop/Arquivo

Benguela - At least 114 children aged from six months to five years died of malnutrition from January to April this year in central Benguela province.

The information was released recently in Benguela by the local nutritional programme supervisor, Flora Vanda, who mentioned 129 cases in equal period last year.

Speaking to Angop, Flora Vanda said a large percentage of deaths was owed to patients reaching the hospitals too late and the lack of healing drugs like the F75 and F100 milk and Plumply-nut, used in the last stage of the treatment.

She said as well that another source of malnutrition deaths is associated with such diseases as Hiv/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.

According to the official, the malnutrition death toll might rise in coming days as a result of high number of internment of cases of opportunistic diseases, aggravated by early interruption of breastfeeding.

Flora Vanda said that her programme received in the period being analysed 4,488 cases of severe child malnutrition, against 3,448 of the previous period last year. All these cases were associated with poor sanitation, early interruption of breastfeeding and bad eating habits.