Cholera outbreak worsens refugees’ woes
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOURM, (CAJ News) – AN upsurge of cholera cases in South Sudan is worsening the misery of thousands of refugees displaced by fighting in the country’s capital Juba.
The Ministry of Health has reported 30 suspected cholera cases and one death in Juba.
Thirteen of the cases tested positive after rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and are undergoing culture testing for confirmation.
Additional cases were reported in Duk County and Terekeka.
The International Office of Migration (IOM) reported it was working closely with the Health Cluster and the United Nations World Health Organization to mitigate the spread.
Kelsi Kriitmaa, IOM South Sudan migration health programme manager, said training of health and hygiene promoters to spread basic messaging on best practices such as handwashing and drinking safe water has been intensified.
“Good hygiene is crucial to stemming the spread of cholera,” said.
Approximately 14 900 people are displaced in Juba since fighting erupted on 7 July and continued until a ceasefire on 11 July.
An estimated 6 800 new arrivals are sheltered at the UN House peacekeeping base on the outskirts of Juba. It already housed some 28 000 refugees prior to the fighting.
Another 4 000 people are seeking protection at a second UN peacekeeping base in Juba’s Tong Ping neighbourhood.
The hygienic conditions at the centres is said to be dire.
Fighting in Juba has exacerbated acute humanitarian needs with approximately 1,61 million people displaced as a result of the civil war that erupted in 2013.
– CAJ News
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