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Meningitis spreads in W. Darfur with vaccines lacking

April 20 - 2010 EL GENEINA

The Ministry of Health of West Darfur State announced the absence of vaccines to combat the spread of meningitis. The disease has already killed two people and made 48 others ill. Minister of Health Jamal Ramadan told Radio Dabanga that his ministry is communicating with the federal health ministry to provide vaccines as soon as possible.

Last week Radio Dabanga reported that the health center at Kounongou camp for Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad is overflowing with children. A second outbreak of fever and diarrhea hit children under the age of ten. The resident camp doctor attributed the spread of the diseases to a rise in temperatures and climate change, according to a mother of a sick child who spoke to Radio Dabanga.

In a separate report, a fire broke out at a Sudanese refugee camp in eastern Chad, Bredjing, injuring seven (7) people and eliminating 84 houses in the camp.


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