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Diarrhoea Takes Its Toll on Afghan Children: At Least 12 Die Every Day

by Anjali Aryamvally on November 3, 2017 at 12:04 PM
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Diarrhoea Takes Its Toll on Afghan Children: At Least 12 Die Every Day

Diarrhoea, a preventable and containable disease has taken its toll on children in Afghanistan. At least 26 children are killed daily due to diarrhoea across Afghanistan and the total number of deaths reaches 9,500 each year, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) reported on Thursday.

"Diarrhoea-related deaths, which now total 9,500, account for around 12 per cent of the 80,000 deaths of children under the age of five that occur annually in Afghanistan," a Unicef statement read.

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"Using a toilet and washing your hands is literally a matter of life or death and deaths from diarrhoea are particularly tragic because in most cases they can be easily avoided," Adele Khodr, Unicef representative in Afghanistan, was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.

According to the finding, the risks associated with diarrhoeal infections were exacerbated in Afghanistan, a country where some 1.2 million children are already malnourished and 41 per cent of children are stunted.



Source: IANS
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