7 October 2012

Sudan: Malaria Spreading in South Darfur Camp

Photo: IRIN
Darfur refugee camp (file photo).

Nyala — Residents from Direij camp in Nyala, South Darfur, complained to Radio Dabanga about the spread of malaria and the deteriorating health services in the camp.

A camp representative told Radio Dabanga, on Friday October 5, that ponds of stagnating water led to breeding of mosquitoes which resulted in an increased spread of malaria.

The representative pointed out that the displaced visit the Kuwaiti hospital in the camp for treatment, but that the hospital runs at a limited capacity. At its current capacity, the hospital can treat approximately 70 patients a day while the number of patients waiting is twice as high, the representative added.

He explained that the shortage of malaria medication in the hospital's pharmacie forces people to buy expensive medicines from the market. The camp representative appealed to the local authorities of South Darfur and charitable entities to act on providing medicine and to support the establishment of another hospital.

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