Three malnourished children rescued in Samburu

Three malnourished children rescued in Samburu

Three malnourished children who have been rescued from starvation at Garma village in Samburu are now receiving treatment at the county hospital in Maralal town.

Dr Robert Nato, the medical superintendent at Samburu County Referral Hospital, said the victims were brought to the hospital by Kenya Red Cross in a severe malnourished state and may take four to six weeks to recover.

Peter Lesurwakas, a religious leader from Samburu County, said many other children with similar conditions could be suffering in the villages as their parents or guardian’s fear exposing their condition for fear of stigmatization.

On Friday, UNICEF raised the alarm over the deepening nutrition crisis plaguing Kenya with hundreds of thousands of children now in need of treatment for acute malnutrition, some suffering from the most severe form due to poor rains.

The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early last year – has helped push an additional 37,000 children below the threshold of acute malnutrition.

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Almost 370,000 children across the country now require treatment for acute malnutrition, including 72,600 who are suffering from the most severe form, which requires specialized, life-saving care. In February, there were an estimated 343,000 acutely malnourished children.

Written by Faith Cheptile

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