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Cholera appears in North Kordofan capital

May 23 - 2017 EL OBEID / KOSTI
Cholera patients in an overcrowded medical ward in Kosti Hospital in White Nile state  (RD)
Cholera patients in an overcrowded medical ward in Kosti Hospital in White Nile state (RD)

Cases of cholera have appeared in the state capital of North Kordofan for the first time. The disease is spreading rapidly in White Nile state, where seven people died in Kosti on Saturday.

The hospital in El Obeid, capital of North Kordofan, received 38 cases of cholera. A medical source told Radio Dabanga that cholera infections appeared in the city two days ago. Five new cases that emerged in Karima district were transferred to the hospital, while thirteen patients were transferred from El Wehda district.

The cholera patients have been isolated in the dermatology ward. A medical source told Radio Dabanga that the patients are denied any visit. “There is a sign with 'No entry, special cases' that prohibits entry of visitors.”

Kosti

On Saturday seven people died of cholera in Kosti, in the south of White Nile state, where the cholera has spread into epidemic proportions. The Eye Hospital in the town has been turned into an isolation centre to accommodate the rising number of cases: currently 183 patients remain here, according to medical sources.

“Most of the cases arrived from Block 54 in the western part of Kosti on Monday,” a medical worker said. “The health situation is very serious. New cases have emerged in El Duweim, Um Jar, and Abu Shibeika.”

A school in Asalaya is transformed into an isolation centre for 126 people infected with cholera. Abdelrahman El Siddig, the head of civil society organisations in White Nile state, told Radio Dabanga that one person died of cholera on Monday.

'Watery diarrhoea'

In September last year, Radio Dabanga received reports about people stricken by “acute watery diarrhoea” in Blue Nile state. Since then the deadly disease spread to other areas. The states of North and South Kordofan remained, according to reports from the field, unaffected.

Though Sudanese medics have confirmed that the disease concerns cholera, federal health authorities continue to deny its presence. In April, a journalist was detained in eastern Sudan for reporting about cholera.


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