Home | News    Saturday 12 July 2014

South Sudan’s Upper Nile hit by cholera outbreak

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 11, 2014 (JUBA) – Residents in South Sudan’s border state of Upper Nile have been urged to take precautionary measures against the outbreak of cholera amid reports 100 people have been infected.

JPEG - 17 kb
A woman is given a cholera vaccine at a medical camp run by the humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres in Minkamman, in South Sudan’s Lakes state (Photo: Getty Images)

State health minister Opal Adwok Amon issued the warning in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday, during which he revealed the government had formed a technical health committee tasked with carrying out public education.

“Cholera has and is still ravaging the rural areas neighbouring Sudan, pointing out the need for active surveillance for the state health authority to avoid such disaster,” he said.

“If people are adequately enlightened about prevention and management of any situation, whenever an emergency occurs, its impact will not be of [such a] large proportion,” he added.

He said people in the rural areas needed education on the dangers of the disease and what steps can be taken to minimise the risk.

The committee, he said, would also work to promote greater cooperation between local governments and committees and health partners in order to implement better monitoring and reporting systems in communities.

“The purpose of the committee is to help local population get a clear understanding of the significance of health education as part of the precautionary measures to prevent the spread of cholera,” he said, adding the committee would also be responsible for mapping out strategies for an emergency response.

Amon identified Pashoda county as one of the most hard-hit areas, confirming that a number of people had died as a result of the disease, citing contaminated water as a leading cause of the outbreak.

“The reports we are receiving from county health departments are alarming. There are reports indicating loss of lives in some places. This is caused due to [a] lack of clean drinking water and you know these places are rural areas where people continue to fetch from streams and unprotected wells. Water from these water sources is not clean,” Amon said.

Amon said his ministry was urging locals to boil water from unprotected sources before using it.

“Water collected from unprotected sources is the cause of concern to us and we have now asked our people to take the health messages given to them by the health personnel in those areas,” he said.

He says local organisations were coordinating with international health partners like Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), WHO and UNICEF to respond to the cholera outbreak in affected areas.

However, Amon said details were still being collated and the number of casualties across the state was not yet known.

“Information we are getting now indicates that a lot of people have been affected and this could rise above [one] hundred. We have asked for support from the national ministry of health and from our health partners. So far MSF is taking the lead in treating patients,” he said.

The number of the people affected by the outbreak nationally also remains unclear, although reports from the United Nations indicate that up to 2,916 cases were reported as of 6 July, with 67 deaths confirmed so far.

The cholera outbreak was first reported in the capital, Juba, in May before spreading to other states.

Cholera is a highly infectious bacterial disease spread through contaminated water. Symptoms include severe diarrhoea, leading to dehydration and death if left untreated.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


What do we expect from the final South Sudan Peace Talks? 2015-02-27 08:41:32 By Luka Biong Deng As the alleged final and last round of peace talks on South Sudan commenced in Addis Ababa, the people of South Sudan attach little hope and expect nothing as they have been (...)

The Berlin Meeting: What’s at stake? 2015-02-25 11:33:06 By the Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Between 25 and 27 February, Berlin will become the hub for the Sudanese unarmed and armed opposition, invited by the German Foreign Ministry and the (...)

Can a democratic government extend its own life? 2015-02-23 07:32:25 By Dr Lam Akol Last Thursday, the government tabled before parliament an amendment bill in order to amend the Constitution for the Government to extend its life for two more years. In a (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Archbishop Taban calls for reconciliation and forgiveness 2015-02-23 09:30:38 February 2015 Greetings from Peace Village, Kuron. It is really a Peace Village. I had my peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Kuron. God really blessed the area with Peace. You can (...)

WFP appreciates US additional support for S. Sudan’s hungry 2015-02-19 08:20:15 17 February 2015 (JUBA)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$165.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to feed (...)

Press Release from the SPLM/A (IO) in Uganda 2015-02-11 09:39:09 February 10, 2015 1. The office of the SPLM/A (IO) and the presence of its diplomatic representation that was established under the Kampala outcome of the 21st August 2014 is operational and has (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.