Thu 13 January 2022:
According to the international NGO Save the Children, as many as 48 percent of children under the age of five in the Baidoa district of southern Somalia have been diagnosed with chronic malnutrition, which impairs their physical and mental progress.
The scenario arose as a result of a prolonged drought that damaged fields and leaving families unable to feed their children adequately.
“The data, which assessed the nutritional status of a random sample of about 860 children aged between 6 months and aged 5 in Baidoa district from October and November 2021, showed an increase in rates of chronic malnutrition from 30% in 2019 to 48% in 2021,” Save the Children said in a statement.
Chronic malnutrition is caused by poor nutrition, recurring illnesses, and a lack of psychosocial stimulation in early life, according to the NGO, which also states that the disease’s consequences, such as intellectual damage, are irreversible.
Despite the political upheaval, Save the Children urged the Somali government to address the humanitarian catastrophe.
In 1991, Somalia was divided into six regions. Mogadishu’s capital and several other regions are under the jurisdiction of the internationally recognized Federal government, while the rest is either self-governed or under the control of unrecognized state organizations.
SOURCE: INDEPENDENT PRESS AND NEWS AGENCIES
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