District administration of Tharparkar in a report sent to Directorate of Press Information Sindh Information Department on Saturday informed that the day to day relief activities in the drought hit district of Tharparkar are in progress without break. According to the details sent to the Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah by Deputy Commissioner Tharparkar, Muhammad Asif Jamil informed that 29 out of 134 children who were treated at various government hospitals in the district on Saturday, while a child who was suffering from severe respiratory distress died. According to the DC the Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital Mithi the child was suffering from a disease called Respiratory Distress. Although all the necessary protocols were followed and immediate treatment was extended but the child who was born by NVD with a weight of 2.7kg at RHC Chelhar Taluka Mithi could not survive. In his report, the deputy commissioner informed that 97 children are under treatment in different government hospitals. Also, according to the report, 589 children were treated on the Sunday in the OPDs of the health facilities functioning in the district under the supervision of Health Department. Whereas, in the OPDs of 31 Basic Heath Units and 18 government dispensaries functioning under the administrative control of PPHI, 349 children were attended by the health specialists. According to the report, 589 children were treated in the OPDs of the health facilities functioning in the district Deputy Commissioner in his report informed that in the third phase of free wheat distribution scheme on Saturday 1794 families have been provided with 50kg of free wheat bag each. Moreover, 340 families who could not receive the free wheat during phase II of wheat distribution scheme were also been provided with free wheat in phase III. Similarly, 19 families who could not receive the free wheat during phase I of wheat distribution scheme were also been provided with free wheat in phase III. In totality 247,659 families in phase I, 253,416 families in phase II and 198,180 families in phase III of free wheat distribution scheme have so far been provided with free wheat bags of 50kg each. The report further made known that the Livestock Department also set up veterinary camps in 9 different villages of different talukas in the drought hit district – three camps each in Taluka Kaloi and Islamkot and one each in Dahli, Nagarparkar and Chachro talukas. In these camps 92 ailing animals were treated, while 5026 were vaccinated, whereas, 436 animals were drenched. Published in Daily Times, February 17th 2019.