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486 children have died in Thar in 10 months, Supreme Court told

Court has summoned Sindh chief secretary on Wednesday

SAMAA | - Posted: Oct 9, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago
Posted: Oct 9, 2018 | Last Updated: 3 years ago

Court has summoned Sindh chief secretary on Wednesday

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At least 486 children have died in Thar this year, Pakistan’s top court was informed on Tuesday.

Of the total, 317 children hadn’t even turned one. According to the Sindh government’s report, women die during childbirth because of low gap between the births of children. The Supreme Court rejected the report.

“If the Sindh government is serving the people then what is all of this? The government has been the same since the last 10 years,” remarked Chief Justice Saqib Nisar. “No one explains the actual issue. We don’t want reports, we want to know how to solve the problem,” he said.

The court summoned Sindh chief secretary, along with secretaries of health, food and finance departments. They will appear before the court on Wednesday.

The court asked for the details of the facilities available at Thar hospitals and summoned the secretary of the health care commission.

MNA Ramesh Kumar Vankwani told the court that there is a shortage of food and schools in Thar. “Corruption is rampant and there is no infrastructure.”  He said that the court should form a committee comprising honest officers.

According to the Pakistan Peoples Party leader, people have started encroaching upon the land in Thar because of the availability of coal deposits. He remarked that there is a need to build the National Institute of Child Health in Mithi.

The court also rejected Sindh government’s request to submit a report in a week. “We have no time. We can’t even give you one additional day,” the chief justice said.

The attorney general requested a forensic audit of all the hospitals in Thar.

Sindh additional advocate general remarked that the government has launched a low-cost housing scheme, in which 200,000 houses will be built.

The top judge had taken suo motu notice of children’s death in Thar.



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