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Mother and son die of diarrhea in Makassar

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The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 03/02/2008 7:37 PM | Headlines

A pregnant mother and her five-year-old son died of acute diarrhea Friday at their rented house in Makassar, South Sulawesi, officials say.Local newspaper Fajar Makassar on Friday reported Daeng Basse who was seven-months pregnant and her five-year-old son Bahir had not eaten in three days and had vomited repeatedly, before they died at their home at 1.p.m. local time.
Her three-year-old son, Aco, was rushed by neighbors to Haji Hospital in Makassar. He was still having treatment Sunday.
A doctor from the hospital, Putu Ristiya, said Aco had suffered malnutrition. “He weighs only 9 kilograms. The ideal weight for boys of his age is between 15 and 20 kilograms,” Ristiya said, as quoted by Media Indonesia newspaper.
The national and local media reported the case as “starvation” but officials said this was incorrect.
Makassar Health agency head Naisyah T Azikin said the 35-year-old women died from dehydration. “They died because of acute diarrhea and because they had not immediately received treatment,” he said.
Makassar mayor Ilham Arief Siradjuddin also said the statements were incorrect. “If they were brought to a health center immediately they would still be alive,” Siradjuddin told SCTV.
The 35-year-old woman who worked as launderer, her (pedicab driver) husband Daeng Basri and their four children had rented a house on Jl. Daeng Tata I in Makassar since about four months ago. Neighbors said they had moved around the city.
Many pedicab drivers come from Jeneponto and Bantaeng municipalities to Makassar during the rainy season because there is more work for them during these times. (mvm/**)

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March 2, 2008 at 7:34 pm

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