Malnutrition in La Guajira Department increased by 92%

The departments with the highest number of deaths of children under 5 years of age due to causes related to malnutrition are: La Guajira (48 cases); Crashed (25); Bolivar (14); Cesar (13) and Vichada (9). 55% of the cases of mortality due to malnutrition of boys and girls under the age of 5 in the country are concentrated in these wards.

In a statement from the ombudsman’s office, they reported a figure that is alarming. According to the subject, 24% of reported deaths due to causes related to malnutrition in boys and girls between 0 and 5 years in Colombia are registered in this department.

This was confirmed by Ombudsman Carlos Camargo during a visit this Tuesday, September 6, to this department to speak directly with the leaders of the indigenous Wayú communities.

During his visit to the north of the country, the official assured that in the first eight months of the year the number of deaths due to malnutrition in La Guajira represented 92% increase over the same period in 2021. To date, 48 deaths of local children have been recorded in this area of ​​the country.

“We called on health insurance entities to strengthen strategies, programs and actions aimed at timely care for pregnant women, children in the first years of their lives, to ensure the implementation of the Comprehensive Care Route to promote and maintain health and the overall Maternal Health Care Pathway – the perinatal population, as established in Resolution 3280 of 2018, as well as the comprehensive management of care for moderate and severe acute malnutrition adopted by Resolution 2350 of 2020 of the Ministry of Health,” the Ombudsman said.

According to the Office of the Ombudsman, the wards with the highest number of under-5 deaths from malnutrition-related causes in 2022 are:

La Guajira (48 cases); Crashed (25); Bolivar (14); Cesar (13) and Vichada (9). 55% of the cases of mortality due to malnutrition of boys and girls under the age of 5 in the country are concentrated in these wards.

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From Rioja, Carlos Camargo, the ombudsman, pointed out that:

“From the Office of the Ombudsman, through our delegates for children, youth and the elderly, for ethnic peoples and for human mobility, and our regional office in La Guajira, we will continue to accompany the communities of this department to seek local, departmental and national authorities take preventive action to avoid the deaths of boys and girls from malnutrition-related causes”.

According to Blu Radio, the last death of a minor indigenous population was recorded on September 5. The media reported that the NGO “Nación Wayú” reported the death of a one-year-old girl due to causes related to malnutrition in a local community located in the municipality of Uribía.

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According to the report submitted by the NGO, the girl has not received any attention from the government. On top of that, his parents barely guaranteed him one meal a day. “In this same community, there are children at risk of malnutrition; there are skinny kids or “ribs” because that’s the look they present, and this shows us that they are children in a state of malnutrition,” said Wayúu leader Jose Silva.

Camargo concluded his remarks in La Guajira by sending a message to Colombians:

“As a society, we should be ashamed that we continue to record boys and girls dying because we cannot guarantee them adequate food and nutrition. All government institutions must work in concert to ensure the lives of all children. This should be a national priority”, the ombudsman pointed out.

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