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Diarrhoea death toll rising in eastern Sudan

January 19 - 2017 RED SEA STATE
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile in Khartoum (File photo: UNEP)
Raw sewage flowing to the White Nile in Khartoum (File photo: UNEP)

Two more people have reportedly died and dozens more infected with acute watery diarrhoea at Tahamem, east of Haya in Red Sea State.

Journalist Osman Hashim, who specialises in coverage of health conditions in the eastern states, says that the Tahamem health centre recently saw the death of a basic school student, as well as a man in his 50s.

Hashim expressed concern at the rise of deaths and pointed to the lack of health care in the hospital.

He attributed the cases to the environmental degradation and lack of health care.

Eight people have died and more than 160 others have also been infected with acute watery diarrhoea at Jebeit area.

Last week, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors reported that more than 300 people have been infected with acute watery diarrhoea in the states Red Sea, Khartoum and El Gezira during the past few days. The doctors suspect the infections to be cholera.


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