Malaria epidemic kills more than 4,000 in South Sudan

Health official decries lack of funds to fight malaria, appeals for donations to help fight disease 

Malaria epidemic kills more than 4,000 in South Sudan

World Bulletin / News Desk

An outbreak of malaria in the country has killed more than 4,000 people since February this year, a health official said.

“This year’s malaria is the most severe the country has ever seen,” Dr. Isaac Mapeer, deputy head of Malaria Control Program at South Sudan’s Ministry of Health, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.

“There is a total of over 900,000 registered cases of malaria,” Mapeer said, adding that 4,073 deaths were recorded since February, while 2,000 deaths were reported in 2016.

He said the country Epidemic Task Force headed by the Ministry of Health in partnership with UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and other partners has also stepped up efforts to fight the disease.

The health official decried lack of funds to fight malaria and appealed for donations to help fight the disease.

Poni Gloria, a nurse in Juba Teaching Hospital, the country’s main Referral hospital, said the upsurge started in June.

Gloria said the hospital recorded 300 cases of malaria in February, 376 in March, 508 in April, 1,213 in June and more than 2,000 in July alone. In August the in-patient department registered over 5,000 cases with 250 deaths, she added.

“The situation is alarming,” she said, adding that they are now forced to make patients share beds in some wards due to lack of space.

 

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Ağustos 2017, 13:08
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