Doctors have warned that the number of children suffering from malnutrition has increased in Maidan Wardak province.
They said that over the past three months, at least 320 children with malnutrition have been admitted to hospitals and that the number is on the rise.
“Previously, we had 50 or 60 children every month, but this year, the number is rising each month. Eight to 10 additional children are registered each month when we write a report,” said Kamila, a physician.
“Mothers cannot take care of their children properly since they are not getting enough food to feed them,” said Najia Amirzai, a doctor in Maidan Wardak.
Maidan Wardak residents said that unemployment and poverty are the main factors for an increase in malnutrition among children because they are unable to prepare healthy meals for them.
“Our food is inadequate since my husband does not have a job, which is why my child is suffering from malnutrition,” said Hasina, mother of a child.
“People are facing a lot of challenges. You know better that all residents of Maidan Wardak are facing the same problems,” Nangiali, a resident of Maidan Wardak said.
Health officials in the province said that efforts have been made to prevent the spread of the disease.
“In the past 20 years, there were conflicts, and the people’s rights were not provided. We could not even find children and mothers with malnutrition, and there was no access to health services in rural areas,” said Zark Zirak, director of Maidan Wardak's public health department.
Many people in the country are unable to provide their children with nutritious food due to unemployment and poverty.