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Jakarta Post

Babies in East Nusa Tenggara face threat of malnutrition

  • Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 30 2011   /  08:00 am

There are reports that 6,000 of the 500,000 children under the age of five in East Nusa Tenggara’s (NTT) suffer from marasmus, kwashiorkor and severe malnutrition that claimed 10 lives last year.

One of the sufferers is 8-month-old Renaldy Buy, who is undergoing medical treatments at WZ Yohanes General Hospital in the provincial capital Kupang.

The eighth son of Melkias and Vincen Buy of Tilong subdistrict in Central Kupang, Renaldy looks weak. While an infant of his age would weigh between 8 and 12 kilograms, Renaldy weighs only 3 kilograms.

“We don’t have enough money to buy milk, eggs and other nutritious food for our children,” Vincen, Renaldy’s mother, said.

She said her husband earned less than Rp 500,000 a month as an ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver. They live in a small house with a dirt floor, which was blamed for causing Renaldy’s tuberculo...