UNICEF expresses concern for child health care in Kygyzstan

16:33, July 01, 2011      

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About one out of every five Kygyz children has health issues related to nutrition, the UNICEF executive director said Thursday.

"Twenty-two percent of the children under five died unnecessarily in Kyrgyzstan in large part because they are under-nursed," Anthony Lake, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund, told reporters. "Probably one in five children in Kyrgyzstan is stunted."

Lake warned that "this is not only a tragedy for the child, but it is a terrible problem for the society."

He said that UNICEF estimates indicate the problem costs Kygyzstan about 32 million U.S. dollars each year.

UNICEF, Lake said, will continue to help the Kyrgyz children and there is much reason for hope though challenges and hard work remain.

"I met the president, the prime minister, the speaker and members in the parliament, and I am impressed that they all made their commitments to the children of Kyrgyzstan," Lake said.

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