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Bilharzias hit Sudan’s Jonglei


By Philip Thon Aleu

October 22, 2009 (BOR) – Health authorities in Jonglei state today said cases of bilharzias outbreak have increased in the last two weeks with unknown deaths and at least 150 people hospitalized.

Speaking to the Sudan Tribune on Thursday, Arnold Marial Machuor, the state health ministry director general, indicates that greater Fangak in northern Jonglei is severely hit by bilharzias on one hand and hunger on the other.

"There are 150 cases [of bilharzias] in Fangak area," Mr. Marial said adding "with increasing patients [in the health unit] there is also a problem of food shortage [to feed patients]."

At least 15 death cases have been reported but state health ministry could not verify the figures.

Bilharzias, also known as Schistosomiasis, or snail fever, is a primarily tropical parasitic disease caused by the larvae of one or more of five types of flatworms or blood flukes known as schistosomes. Although it has a low mortality rate, bilharzias often is a chronic illness that can damage internal organs and, in children, impair growth and cognitive development.

The disease has a long history of killing people in Upper Nile region including the recent affected areas but spread almost in every corner of southern Sudan during the war given less medical attention provided by the government in Khartoum then. An outbreak in 1988 – during the north-south war, left hundreds of people dead in Duar and Leer areas of Unity state, Mr. Marial explained.

With help of MSF—Holland operating in greater Fangak, South Sudan and Jonglei state governments, co-ordinations to send sufficient drugs and relief services are underway.


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  • 23 October 2009 04:08, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

    This outbreak is due for lack of clean water but the govenment must take a good step to deal with it in a manner ways

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    • 23 October 2009 07:46, by Deng Yak L

      plz change your name .the one you use isn’t reasonable

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  • 23 October 2009 05:53, by maumau

    Mr. Phillip Thon,
    Bilharzias can not kill people within days like malaria boes.Youy article says the disease has increased in the last two weeks with unknown deaths and at least 150 people hospitalized, what a joke!. Bilharzias is a worm and it takes time to inflict pains on victims, it is not malaria. You people of Jonglei may be intending to spread the rumor in order to draw the attention of medical experts get medicines flowing in your state like that of Ebola in Bahr El Ghazel. If that is the trick, then shame on you and remember you are calling for more diseases to struck your state.


    •Use toilets and wash hands after use

    •Avoid body contact with stagnant water

    •Kill all snails in Jonglei state

    •Avoid public spitting, something common in Dinka culture

    •Stay indoor after rain until the earth surface dries up

    •Use gum boots to walk during rainy seasons

    •Create public awareness and campaign on bilharzias

    •Avoid eating rats, white ants and some reptiles

    •Do not catch and eat fish from swampy waters

    •Carry out medical examinations on all residents of Jonglei and treat those carrying the worms in their bodies.

    •Avoid kissing and hugging, very dangerous in spreading bilharzias

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    • 23 October 2009 07:33, by Lotoroboy


      These Junglese doesn’t know about the PREVENTION OF BILHARZIAS at all, they instead always do opposite.


      •Use toilets and wash hands after use

      They don’t wash they hands after using toilet

      •Avoid body contact with stagnant water

      They Love stagnant water

      •Kill all snails in Jonglei state

      They eat snails in Junglei

      •Avoid public spitting, something common in Dinka culture
      Public spitting is their culture

      •Stay indoor after rain until the earth surface dries up

      They come out and take their only shower when it is raining

      •Use gum boots to walk during rainy seasons

      The seize of their legs cannot fit gum boot

      •Create public awareness and campaign on bilharzias

      They campaign on killing each other

      •Avoid eating rats, white ants and some reptiles

      They eat rats,reptiles,ants,snails,snakes, etc

      •Do not catch and eat fish from swampy waters

      They catch and eat evey amphibians from the swamy water (sudd)

      •Carry out medical examinations on all residents of
      Jonglei and treat those carrying the worms in their bodies.

      Totally no, They move with hanging worms guinea worm

      •Avoid kissing and hugging, very dangerous in spreading bilharzias

      They so romantic in kissing, they do not spread bilharzia alone but also HIV AIDS , which is almost finising them at the moment


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      • 23 October 2009 08:12, by Flora Tong

        Please guys, if you are not a medical person do not write anything about the diseases and its prevention. I am a doctor myself and please go to this site http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/medical/bilharziasis.htm or GOOGLE

        This is the mess of GOSS weak health system with a minister of health who doesn’t care only bout himself

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        • 23 October 2009 08:30, by Aparana

          Since the government is encouraging rumours, now the Gunglei people are creating this rumors to draw the attention of the international community and get free money.


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  • 23 October 2009 09:15, by Critic_Ngueny

    Dear Aparana,(money minded)

    A fool talks like a fool but a wise person has to think twice.

    Critic_Ngueny from Bor town

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    • 23 October 2009 10:22, by Monyde Bai

      Fangak is Jonglei but inhabited by Nuer and Nuers are known to be very dirty figs who grind or pound their grain in the soil. Walks naked in 2009 and do anything privitive such as drinking from the pond walking and sleeping naked. Nuers are the ones in Fangak and they are dying like cockroaches from war among themselves, dirty way of living, sex on dirty floors and poor food preparation and all sorts of Nuer savagery.

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      • 23 October 2009 16:28, by parajok

        Yes stupid Dinka, Fangak is home of William Chuol Deang,who fuck your ass, Wutnyang Gatkek who take your girls captive, they do hard labor before Dr. peace maker Riek Machar free them in 1997. what I am saying here is not illusion, I am saying this because I am tired of silence, this Dinka run after Nuer when Nuer say enough is enough they can not able to hold back even two day. Mr. Dinka you say we are Dirty, but make sure dirty Nuer are your Goddes we can do what we want to do with you, your kids, your grandmo, your cow, Nuer can fuck you or killed you if we want, for god and Souther Sudan name we do not want to kill you just live for now we will get you.


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        • 23 October 2009 18:03, by Monyde Bai

          Mr. Parajok or or pande Jok,

          I’m not a Dinka, but a do speak a commanding language in both Dinka and Nuer like Riek Machar.
          You have made so many assumption about Dinka and we know Dinka in Southern Sudan, they are determine, steady and if the want war, they will not hit and run the Nuer style. I was there in Koryom division when the Dinka discipline Nuer Nyagat and they occupied Nuer-land for four years. They only thing with Dinkas are, they donot abduct women and children and do not kill elderly.
          Secondly, the Dinkas longer used sorcery, superstition, magic and wichcraft that you people used such as Wurnyang, Guek Nguendeng and Ngundeng itself.

          Dinkas are very gentle people who hold themselves high with great self esteem and honor. They welcome they Nuers when Nuers were enslaved in their original home land of Ethiopia. The Amharas, Oromo, Anyuaks and Buruns kingdoms used Nuers as the outcast, under class, their women and girls as their concumbines and their men as slaves and men prostitutes.
          When the Nuer came to Dinka-land with many diseases, cronic hunger, landlessness, destitution and general lacks of self esteem, Dinkas became so sympthatic towards their experience in Ethiopia and their human conditions and gave them some land to settle. It was the Dinka Ngok and Nyarweng that gave the Nuers their current place not all the Dinka.

          Nuers are so low self-steem kinds of southerners and that is why they were treated like that by the Ethiopians until they flea to nowhere except into begging.

          When we were in Ethiopia, if you go pound or grind you cereals maize of sorghum, Nuer girls and women would come to gather what has fell on the floor and they would compete with insects, birds, goats, rats and mices.

          One day at Itang I asked an 18 year old Nuer girl why she was gathering and picking on the floor like an animal or insect while the ration was distributed to all people? Her answer shocked my about Nuer sense of pride and self-steem. She stated that in Nuer ways of living and culture, you do not have to have dignity and self-steem in both ways:with your fellow Nuers these who know you and these who do not. The former being considered important while the later not.
          Compare to the Dinkas and other southerners’ culture where one person from a community considers herself or himself as an ambassador.

          I know Nuer, so Mr. Parajok, do not tell me about their might, self-esteem and dignity.

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          • 24 October 2009 05:13, by monyjang chol

            mony de baai

            you make me laugh, ha ha ha ha,that is thier culture and are slaves to every communities.i wonder if one nuer will one day become a president as many of them propose riak machar with that slugish background who believe in killing and when thinks goes bat they ran like deers as happen in the outskirts of duk padiet where thier deads are still feeding the vultures and hynas.am pity on asshole tribe/nuer.god have mercy on them

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