Central Darfur camps: 21 malaria dead in a week
The displaced living in the camps near Garsila, capital of Central Darfur's Wadi Salih locality, complain of a rapid spread of malaria and soaring medicine prices.
“This week 21 people died in Jedda and El Jebel camps,” a sheikh from Jedda camp told Radio Dabanga on Friday. “Most of them were children and the elderly, whose relatives are not able to pay for the high examination costs and medicines.”
He explained that the costs of a medical examination have risen to SDG30 ($5), and the price of anti-malaria medicine SDG120 ($20).
“There are dozens of patients lying bedridden in their homes in the camps of Jedda, El Jebel, Ardeba and Dubba El Gadeema camps, who do not have proper medicines because of their financial circumstances. This leads to a high mortality,” he explained.
The sheikh said that malaria started to spread in the camps about two months ago after the first rains fell. “The hospitals in the area now receive between 50 and 70 patients a day.”
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