Sudanese succumbing to deadly malaria eruption

MOSQUITOFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – A fatal outbreak of malaria infecting 1,3 million and killing over 200 people weekly is rising rapidly amid protracted conflict and widespread displacement in South Sudan.
The country’s entire population is at high risk of contracting the illness because of a fractured health system and challenges related to accessing the population due to the civil war.
Every week, it infects more than 77 500 people and kills mostly children under the age of five particularly along the Nile River and in camps for displaced people.
“Disease is a leading cause of death in South Sudan today, and malaria is the number one killer,” lamented Evans Liyosi, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in South Sudan.
The deadly mosquito-borne disease accounts for 65 percent of illnesses reported in health facilities across the country.
South Sudan has also recorded nearly 20 000 cases of cholera and more than 1 000 victims of measles since January.
WHO and partners are working to provide critical health services to 2,7 million people targeted for health across the East African country but the response faces a staggering 84 percent funding gap.
Malnutrition, severe pneumonia, malaria and perinatal complications remain the most common causes of death in children under five in South Sudan.
The country of 12 million is besieged by a civil war emanating from a fallout between the country’s leaders.
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