Dr. Barkat Hussain works for MSF as pediatrician at the DHQ Hospital in Dera Murad Jamali
Ninety per cent of the patients are admitted here with nutritional cases. They come to us with secondary problems, not for malnutrition and when we tell them what happens they come to know that their child’s basic problem is malnutrition. They don’t know if their baby is growing or not. They only know that the baby has pneumonia, diarrhea or vomiting. In this area malnutrition is a very big problem and there are lots of reasons. It is not only poverty but also lack of education. Most of people don’t have good medical facilities when the baby is born. Mothers give breast milk but due to lack of education they change the pattern of feeding. If they start breast feeding they also give supportive bottled feeding and other things and then the baby is away from breast feeding and becomes malnourished mostly in initial days. Breastfeeding is best for the children. It is free, easily available and strengthens the immune system.