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West Darfur displaced die as they cannot afford health care

September 3 - 2015 MURNEI
The laboratory of El Sareif hospital in North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)
The laboratory of El Sareif hospital in North Darfur (Albert González Farran/Unamid)

More than a dozen people died of malaria in the West Darfur Murnei camp for the displaced last month.

A Murnei camp leader informed Radio Dabanga that because of the rainy season, many displaced are hit by malaria. “At least 12 of them died in August, because their relatives could not afford to buy medicines.”

He explained that the laboratory costs for examining blood on malaria have risen to SDG40 ($6.50). “The medicine now costs SDG80 ($13), while we pay SDG20 ($3.75) for a box of Panadol.”

“The people who can afford it, go to the Health Insurance Centre in the camp and the Murnei Hospital, which each receive 50 to 100 patients a day,” he said.

The latests deaths occurred on Monday and Tuesday, when Nawal Saleh Yousef (3), Hajja Adam Idris (6), Ibrahim Adam Zakaria (57), Ibrahim Mousa Yousef (65), Mousa Ishag Abdallah (68), and Bakhit Abdul Rahman (77) died.


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