Disease disasters afflict South Sudanese

south-sudan-health-crisisFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – A simultaneous outbreak of diseases is worsening the woes of millions displaced by conflict and affected by famine in South Sudan.
Moths endured by the country battling a deadly cholera outbreak claimed 143 lives from 5 780 in the capital Juba, suspected cases have also been reported in 14 counties especially Gorwai and Ayod in Jonglei.
Authorities said transmission had persisted throughout the dry season, something which was highly unusual.
Probable risk factors fueling transmission among others include usage of untreated water from the river Nile and water tankers, lack of household .
chlorination of drinking water, eating food from unregulated roadside food vendors or makeshift markets and open defecation/poor latrine use, especially following the conflict.
The economic crisis and restricted humanitarian access are amplifying the crisis.
Meanwhile, the spread of measles persists with 386 cases reported, although no measles-related deaths have been recorded.
Additionally, since the beginning of January 2017, 1,200 suspected cases of varicella (chicken pox) have been reported from the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Wau.
United Nations Children’s Fund, following the chicken pox outbreak, is providing primary healthcare kits and antibiotics for management.
“We will meet with World Health Organisation and partners early next week to develop strategies to curb the spread of the infection,” said a spokesperson.
The famine-affected and famine-threatened areas also continue to experience increased incidence of illness, especially acute respiratory infections, diarrhea and malaria.
The civil war has left an estimated 5,5 million people (47 per cent of the population) in South Sudan food insecure.
– CAJ News

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