Home | News    Wednesday 16 July 2014

Hepatitis E on the rise in S. Sudan’s Lakes state

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

July 15, 14 (MABIOR) – There has been a sharp increase in the number of hepatitis E infections over the past three months in South Sudan’s Lakes state, with 55 cases reported in June, up from just two in April.

JPEG - 16.6 kb
Displaced people who fled from violence in Jonglei state capital Bor queue outside a clinic run by MSF in Lakes state’s Awerial town on 2 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Ben Curtis)

One displaced resident, who was recently diagnosed with the virus, blamed the national government for not declaring the region a disaster zone earlier.

Hepatitis E is a viral infection that affects the liver and is spread through contaminated food and water.

Displaced people in Awerial county’s Mingkaman have been hard-hit by the outbreak, although there some cases are now also being reported among members of the host community.

David Maker, a local administrator who works for the South Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC), expressed fears the disease could spread throughout the entire community unless urgent measures are taken.

Speaking to Sudan Tribune by phone from Mingkaman on Tuesday, Maker, who was posted to the area by the Jonglei state government to facilitate relief service to IDPs, said he had also recently discovered that he had contracted the virus.

He said those infected at the IDP camp included pregnant women and children.

“The disease was noticed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in April and now two people have died and about 52 others on the death row. It has no cure at all,” he said.

An MSF nurse told Sudan Tribune by phone from Mingkaman said the MSF health facility had managed to treat those in the early stages of the disease.

“Some people recovered and others didn’t. We can only try to help as many as possible to recover from acute liver failure caused by hepatitis E,” said the nurse.

Awerial county SSRRC coordinator John Parach Atho-lueth said that the county administration had informed the national ministry of health about the outbreak,
but nothing significant had been done.

He said women were among the worst affected by the outbreak of the virus.

Neighbouring Jonglei state was the scene of heavy fighting following the eruption of violence in the capital, Juba, in mid-December last year, with ten of thousands civilians fleeing for their lives.

Lakes state is currently hosting an estimated 100,000 displaced people from Jonglei, with the numbers now outnumbering the local community in Awerial county. Conditions at the makeshift IDP camps set up are said to be appalling.

(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


Nile Cooperation akin to teamwork in sports 2016-06-28 12:20:36 By John Rao Nyaoro For any football team, you have the goal keeper, defenders, midfielders, strikers and the coach. These entities blend together so as to secure victory for their team. (...)

Unity of Bentiu communities 2016-06-26 22:54:17 By Hon Lam Tungwar Kueigwong The Northern Liech State Government, under the Leader of Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit President of Republic of South Sudan and the State Governor Dr Joseph Nguen (...)

JMEC’s statement on the despairing situation of South Sudan 2016-06-26 18:37:50 By James Okuk, PhD In the Opening statement delivered to the members during the plenary meeting in Juba on 23rd June 2016 by H.E. Festus G. Mogae, the Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudanese students, activists are at risk of torture: HRW 2016-05-25 14:40:51 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Students, Activists at Risk of Torture Free Detainees; Investigate Abuses (Nairobi, May 25, 2016) – Sudanese national security officials have detained dozens of (...)

South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region 2016-05-24 22:01:01 Human Rights Watch For Immediate Release South Sudan: Civilians Killed, Tortured in Western Region Provide Justice for Army Abuses in Western Regions (Nairobi, May 24, 2016) – South Sudanese (...)

Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar 2016-04-18 12:36:12 South Sudan Women United April 15, 2016 Your Excellencies: South Sudan Women United writes to congratulate you both on the steps you are taking towards ending violence in South Sudan and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.