A 9-month-old baby died of dehydration in the overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Medicins Sand sFrontiers/Doctors Without Borders announced late on Saturday. The baby’s parents are asylum-seekers from Congo.
We have been confirmed today by the local hospital in #Lesbos that a 9 month old baby has died some days ago for severe dehydration in #Moria camp #Greece. We are absolutely devastated by this new tragedy.
— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) November 16, 2019
The baby was reportedly taken to the health center of the camp on November 10, where a doctor diagnosed severe dehydration. The infant was transferred to the hospital of Mytilene, however, it passed away on the way to it.
The Director of Doctors Without Borders told ANT1 TV that they had checked the baby in September and in October and given advise to the family.
The hospital confirmed the baby’s death to the MSF.
The coroner was expected to release the results of the autopsy.
What is interesting is that although the baby died a week ago, there has been no official announcement by the Greek authorities in charge of Migration and Health issues.
The tragic incident shows the dramatic conditions under which thousands of people live in the Identification & Accommodation Centers.
According to MSF, 5,000 children are currently living in the Moria camp, 70% of them are below 12 years old.
The MSF unit in the camp has recorded 77 case of children suffering from serious health problems.
15,000 refugees and migrants are been recorded to live in Moria. Despite the government’s effort to decongest Lesvos and the other islands, dozens keep arriving form Turkey every day.