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1.4m children in Somalia acutely-malnourished: UN

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Health Desk—May 3, 2017: The UN Tuesday said draught and famine hit Somalia will count 1.4 million acutely malnourished children by the end of the year.  

About 275,000 of those children were expected to be so severely malnourished that they could easily die, the United Nations children's agency warned.

According to the sources, severe acute malnutrition is the most extreme and visible form of undernutrition, with victims often appearing skeletal and frail, and in urgent need of treatment to survive.

UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado told reporters that such children are nine times more likely to die of cholera, or diarrhoea or measles.

The combination of malnutrition and disease, displacement is deadly for children, she added.