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‘Children in Sudan dying from lack of clean drinking water’

November 13 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile in Khartoum (UNEP).
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile in Khartoum (UNEP).

More than 60 out of every 1,000 children children in Sudan reportedly die from the absence of clean drinking water.

In a meeting with an ad hoc parliamentary committee in Khartoum on Thursday, the former Minister of Urban Planning confirmed that 62 out of every 1,000 children in the country die from the consequences of drinking water “unfit for human consumption”.

The committee discussed with former Minister Sharafeldin Banaga “the non-implementation of drinking water standards and specifications, and the absence of a body responsible for monitoring water quality issues”, Sudanese newspapers reported on Friday.

Banaga added that 19.2 per cent of the children suffer from respiratory tract infections, 11.9 per cent of malaria, five per cent from chronic diarrhoea, 4.8 per cent from typhoid, 4.7 per cent from various skin diseases, and one per cent is afflicted with eye diseases.


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