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Disease fells children, seniors in West Darfur camp

April 14 - 2017 MURNEI / EL FASHER
A medical assistant examines a boy with a eye infection at a mobile clinic in North Darfur (Albert González Farran / Unamid).
A medical assistant examines a boy with a eye infection at a mobile clinic in North Darfur (Albert González Farran / Unamid).

At least 19 people, including 11 children and eight seniors, have already died during April of an unidentified fever that is spreading fast in Murnei camp for the displaced in West Darfur.

The camp coordinator told Radio Dabanga that the situation is made worse by a lack of medicines. The few drugs that are available are too expensive for the displaced to afford.

The coordinator has appealed to the authorities to intervene to diagnose and contain the outbreak, which causes severe diarrhoea, and provide medicines and treatment for those infected.

El Fasher

A number of patients and their escorts in the intensive care unit (ICU) of El Fasher Teaching Hospital in North Darfur have complained that the ICU has seen an electricity outage since Monday.

They have called on the authorities to intervene immediately to save the patients’ lives.

The medical Director of El Fasher Teaching Hospital, Dr Khalil Badawi, has acknowledged that there was an interruption in the electricity. He said that there was a problem with the electricity supplier.


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