Disease spreads in South Darfur camps
The deteriorating health situation in Otash camp in South Darfur has prompted the displaced Darfuris living there to renew their appeal to the authorities and relief organisations to treat them against diseases. Many children are suffering from diseases and malnutrition in El Salam camp.
A resident of the camp near Nyala revealed to Radio Dabanga that measles has spread among the displaced population. “Dozens of people suffer from the disease inside the camp, where the health unit does not provide treatment for them.”
He pointed to the spread of mosquitoes, because of the overflowing of the ponds, which may have led to the spread of disease. The camp resident appealed to the health authorities to move to fill the water ponds.
In camp El Salam in Nyala, Sheikh Mahjoub Adam Tabeldiya explained that there are strange diseases spreading in the camp which have caused the deaths of a number of children. Allergies and malnutrition are on the rise among children and the elderly.
He explained that only two of the three health units in the camp are operative which exacerbated the suffering of the patients.
Also in El Salam, there are many ponds caused by the heavy rainfall which led to the spread of mosquitoes and flies. Tabeldiya appealed to the health authorities to intervene to provide health services for the displaced persons.
One million children in Sudan under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition. Some 550,000 among them are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sudan reports in its news bulletin last week. Most of the children with severe acute malnutrition are found in North Darfur, El Gezira, South Darfur, Khartoum and El Gedaref. With the start of the lean season all feeding centres for severely malnourished children are experiencing an increasing number of children identified for treatment, leading to overcrowding in hospitals.
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