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Jakarta Post

Another baby dies from malnutrition in Makassar

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar   /   Tue, December 2 2008   /  10:49 am

An undernourished baby died on Monday at Labuang Baji Hospital, Makassar, adding to a list of deaths with similar circumstances in South Sulawesi, ironically known as one of the country's rice production centers. One-year-old Nurul Hidayat was admitted to hospital on Friday with a high fever, suffering diarrhea and vomiting. "The doctor at the hospital told me my daughter was suffering from malnutrition because she only weighed 5.05 kilograms when she was admitted to hospital," Nurul's mother, Norma Daeng Nginga, said. Nurul's 55-year-old mother said she had initially took Nurul to a community health center (Puskesmas) in Kassi, Manggala district. "The diarrhea stopped, but not the fever. She was also coughing," Norma said. Ten days later, Nurul's condition had worsened. Nurul continued to vomit and Norma decided to take her to ho...