AMMAN (Middle East Eye) – One out of every three children in Jordan suffers from anaemia according to a senior health official, reported The New Arab newspaper.
The secretary-general of the Higher Population Council in Jordan, Abla Amawi, said that children in the country were facing serious health hazards, adding that 32 percent suffered from the blood cell condition.
Amawi also revealed that children constitute a quarter of the victims of fatal traffic accidents and that 79 percent of children with disabilities are not enrolled in schools.
The results of the Jordan Population and Family Health Survey (JPFHS) showed that 3 percent of Jordan’s children under the age of 18 and 5 percent of Syrian children living in Jordan were orphans.
The council also found that "the coronavirus pandemic has aggravated the social and economic challenges facing the most vulnerable children and youth, as the number of families with a monthly income less than 100 Jordanian dinars ($140) has doubled since the outbreak of the pandemic”.
It added that 28 percent of families have funds and resources for only two weeks, and 60 percent of families’ livelihoods have been disrupted by the pandemic.