New Delhi | Jagran International Desk: As many as one million children in Afghanistan are suffering from acute malnutrition. The latest reports of 2021 have surfaced from UNICEF which state that the kids may lose their life if they don't get immediate attention.
This came into light after UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi visited the country recently. As per Ariana News after returning he stated "at least one million Afghan children face severe malnutrition and even death."
Meanwhile, UNICEF's official statement said, "Severe outbreaks of measles and acute watery diarrhoea have further exacerbated the situation, putting more children at risk."
During his trip, Abdi visited Indira Gandhi Children's hospital in Kabul where he met many malnourished children who were at high risk of a life-threatening illness.
The official even met senior Taliban figures in the country where he raised his concern about the issue and that the need for children's access to basic health care. This includes, immunisation, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection services.
Not just that, Afghanistan is the only country along with Pakistan where polio remains endemic. Therefore, Abdi requested the Taliban seniors to help protect children from polio, measles and provide vaccines for these diseases along with COVID-19.
Stressing the importance of all boys and girls to continue their education, Abidi said that they should "participate meaningfully in building the future of their country".
Stating that the UNICEF will continue to press for the rights of every girl, boy and woman in Afghanistan, Abidi said: "Our objective is to see an Afghanistan where every girl and every boy are in school, have quality health care, and are protected from all forms of violence."
During his visit to Afghanistan, Abdi was accompanied by UNICEF Regional Director George Laryea-Adjei and UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Herve Ludovic de Lys.
With inputs from ANI.
Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal