KABUL: More than 100,000 children in Afghanistan have been infected with severe malnutrition since the beginning of this year, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
While reviewing the health condition of malnourished children at the Paktia Regional Hospital, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan Mohamed Ag Ayoya stated that one million children in Afghanistan were malnourished last year, but the figure has grown to 1.1 million this year.
He urged foreign humanitarian organizations to step in right away to help stop the epidemic from spreading further.
Meanwhile, officials at Paktia regional hospital reported that the number of malnourished children in the province has risen by 50% in the last three years.
According to officials, at least 2,525 cases of malnutrition were reported in the province in the first month of the New Year.
According to figures from the provincial hospital, the death rate of malnourished children has risen from 8% to 10% over the previous year.
Since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August, more than half of the nation’s population has faced acute food shortages due to the country’s financial crisis. This is while the humanitarian catastrophe is intensifying rather than improving across the country.