Hundreds dead in raging Burundi malaria crisis

Burundi Ethnic cleansingFrom OMEGA SSUUNA in Bujumbura, BUJUMBURA, (CAJ News) – A worsening malaria outbreak has left some 1 571
Burundians dead since the beginning of the year.
More than 3 million cases of the disease have been reported.
The crisis has escalated in the past fortnight with 97 deaths recorded
from 164 327 cases.
“An upward trend is recorded over the last two weeks and still above the
epidemic threshold,” a World Health organisation representative said.
He said fuel scarcity throughout the East African country was scuttling
the response to the malaria epidemic.
It has been disrupting the delivery of antimalarials and the
implementation of mobile clinics.
An outbreak of measles, albeit at a lower scale, and fears of possible
cases of cholera in the health district of Mabayi in the province of
Cibitoke, are worsening matters.
The United Nations Children’s Fund has embarked on a massive vaccination
campaign against measles.
Children aged from 9 months to 14 years will be vaccinated.
The outbreaks coincide with instability in Burundi, which is increasingly
pushing civilians to neighboring countries.
Since April 2015, some 410 000 refugees and asylum-seekers have been
forced to flee their homes after President Pierre Nkurunziza
controversially retained power.
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