AMERICA/COLOMBIA - Alarm for the death for malnutrition of 8 children in a week

Monday, 29 May 2017


La Guajira (Agenzia Fides) - Between 14 and 20 May eight new cases of deaths were reported for malnutrition and, according to the National Institute of Health, 40% of them in Chocó and la Guajira. In the departments of Córdoba, Meta and Nariño, the percentage of these premature deaths has reached 75%. Among the people affected there are Indigenous, Afro-Colombians, and children under one year of age. The department where the lowest rate of malnutrition is recorded is Antioquia. In addition, the mortality rate of national malnutrition is 0.3 deaths every 100 thousand less than five years of age. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 29/5/2017)