Disease outbreaks at S Sudan refugee camps
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – FIVE refugees have been killed, mostly as a result of cholera, owing to an outbreak of disease at camps where thousands of internally-displaced people are housed in South Sudan.
More than 300 cases off cholera have been recorded in the capital city, Juba.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has responded to the crisis.
It has vaccinated about 4 000 people at the Protection of Civilians site in Tomping camp. More than six suspected cholera cases have been reported in the camp, where living conditions leave residents at risk.
MSF also supports the Ministry of Health in running a cholera treatment centre at Juba Teaching Hospital.
It runs three mobile clinics in response to other medical needs since the violence erupted, treating more than 6 000 people so far.
Initially, these clinics provided care for gunshot wounds and injuries sustained as people fled the civil war.
Among those injured included children as young as two years old who had been shot when armed men broke into their homes.
The mobile clinics are now mostly treating people for health concerns such as malaria, skin infections, stomach problems, respiratory tract infections, malnutrition and diarrhoea.
– CAJ News
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