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Malaria, maternal deaths in South Darfur camp

November 3 - 2015 NYALA
A displaced Sudanese girl carries her sister in the Otash camp for displaced people near the city of Nyala (file photo)
A displaced Sudanese girl carries her sister in the Otash camp for displaced people near the city of Nyala (file photo)

The number of mortality cases has risen in one of the camps for displaced people in Nyala locality, South Darfur, because of the spread of malaria and a lack of health care and medicines.

A Sheikh in Otash camp, near the capital city of South Darfur, reported to Radio Dabanga that seven malaria patients have died, including two children. Three women died while giving birth. The nine died over a period of one month and a half.

“The three health centres in Otash only receive 150 patients a day, while dozens return, without access to a doctor,” he said on Monday. “The doctors ask their patients to buy medicines from pharmacies which they cannot afford.”

The Sheikh demanded the authorities and humanitarian organisations to speed up the provision of medicines, and an ambulance, that can be used in cases of birth and other emergency cases.

Residents of Tullus in South Darfur complained of an increase in malaria and a poor health care in the locality last week. One of them said that some malaria patients have died.“They have to lie on the ground, as there are not enough hospital beds for the increased number of patients.”  


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