Developments in medicine have rendered diseases like measles preventable or curable, but lack of money still claims many a life. In the last year, 300 children or so have died in Larkana, Sindh, due to lack of basic medical care for measles, which seems to take away children, especially between 9 months and 12 years of age.
I watched this news story on Al Jazzera on this day in the New Year. I was especially shocked to see this abject poverty, in a place which during the British Raj was said to be one of the richest places in the world, the Sindh Province. But such are the vagaries of time and changes in the economic circumstances.
The poor farmers' families were seated in the hospital dormitory, twelve familes to one big hospital room. There was a rusted canister containing oxygen, which is shared by four children. Medical supplies are limited. The hospital infrastructure looks like it hasn't been upgraded for a quarter century. These stoic people of Sindh would feel shame to appeal for help, but I am writing this so it may reach people who would be able to help.
A young boy is having oxygen fed into one nosetril. His father, Mousa, earns $3 a day, but has spent all his savings over last 6 months trying to save his child.
A programme of vaccination would be good, but that is only possible in the developed countries, I suppose.
Hopefully, there is time to draw the world's attention to this humanitarian need.
Who can help? I am sure there are genereous readers who can organise something to help these people of Larkana, be it medical or monetary or bringing this to the attention of someone who can.