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S. Sudan: Increase in Lakes State malaria cases

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August 28, 2012 (RUMBEK) - Rumbek, the capital of Lakes state, has reported a dramatic increase in cases of malaria.

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Malaria-infected baby, Juba, South Sudan (AFP/Getty)

The governor of Lakes state, Chol Tong Mayay, made a surprise visit to Rumbek civil hospital to assess the situation, his first since 2010.

Speaking from Rumbek hospital, Chol urged humanitarian organisations working in the state to support the government in combating the disease.

“This is the duty of [the] health minister; to really make sure that all payams [districts] and counties in Lakes state have received [antimalarial] drugs,” said Chol.

According to a nurse at the hospital, there are not enough beds to accommodate all the malaria patients. She also said that most of the cases are in children and the elderly.

Chol noted during his tour that the malaria patients are “all admitted under trees because the malaria ward is full.”

Mading Kachol, a Doctor in Lakes State, explained that due to heavy rains there has been an increase in the number of cases of malaria. He urged citizens of the state to use mosquito nets in order to reduce the chances of contracting the disease.

He also called upon people to bring themselves or those around them to the hospital during the early symptoms of malaria, in order to improve the chances of successful treatment.

(ST)

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  • 29 August 2012 09:25, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    My Governor made a surprised visit to Rumbek State Hospital since 2010 of his election into office! This shows how inefficient his leadership is. Supposedly, fm day one for Mr. Gov. to visit all clinics in State’s counties leave alone the main n only Hospital in Rumbek town centre. Visit all Secondary & Primary schools in the state. Make things move 4 dev’t. No single Min. being built, nothing...

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    • 29 August 2012 10:23, by Mading Makuac

      very horrible ,S.Sudanese people just suffering like dogs with
      no help!!!

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  • 29 August 2012 10:51, by sudani

    Dear Colleagues
    That is why some people are very critical to SPLM lead Government.
    How can a governor since his election two years ago just to visit the main state hospital recently.
    during his compaign, he pledges to build school, hospitals, figting poverty, and insecurity in the state. how come for him that he just visit the hospital this year? what a jok from the ruling party.

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