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Cholera claims eight lives in Sudan

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Eight people have died of cholera in Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) quoted Sudan’s health ministry as saying six of them died in Blue Nile state.

The World Organization pointed out that the number of cholera cases recorded in Sudan so far, 184 cases, including 128 in the Blue Nile State and 56 in the state of Sennar.

She said, “Agence France Presse,” citing the organization: “According to the records of the Sudanese Ministry of Health, there are eight deaths linked to cholera, six in the Blue Nile state and two in the state of Sennar.”

“We are working around the clock with the Federal Ministry of Health and state authorities to control the spread and reduce mortality,” said Naima al-Kassir, WHO representative in Sudan.

Al-Qusayr said that 36 tons of medicines for treatment and control of cholera and medical aid have arrived in the capital Khartoum, and are being prepared for distribution to organizations involved in efforts to reduce the epidemic.

The shipment, which can treat 2,500 people suffering from diarrhea, will be distributed to cholera treatment centers in Blue Nile, Sennar and some neighboring states where the risk of outbreaks is high.

The shortage of clean water outside Khartoum and the weak potential of the health sector increase the risk of the disease spreading in Sudan, a country of 40 million people.

In 2016, about 1,000 cholera cases were reported, causing dozens of Sudanese deaths across the country.

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