Lack of access to food

HYDERABAD: A news report recently catalogued the state of malnutrition and disease outbreak in Mithi, Sindh, which led to the deaths of five children on Wednesday January 3rd, raising the death toll to 17 in the past three days. Whereas according to another report, six people died in Dadu during the past week following a measles outbreak. Oblivious to the severity of the situation, the PPP chief, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, boasted about his party’s performance in relation to establishing medical facilities across the province while speaking at a public meeting in the past week. Yet reports have shown that shortage of food grains is not the reason for deaths in the province; food inaccessibility is the primary reason, mainly owing to the lack of access to food, due to the prevailing social and economic structures in the province.

Hence, the provincial government should revise its policies keeping in view the fact that people are dying not due to shortage of food but rather due to lack of access to food. Food is available in abundance in the province.

Zoha Iqbal

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2018.

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