Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

2 November 2012

Sudan: Hospital Director Questions Capacity to Fight Fever

Photo: Louise Roland-Gosselin/ Médecins Sans Frontières
Getting a check-up (file photo): Yellow fever is transmitted by mosquitoes or contaminated blood.

Nyala — The director of the Nyala teaching hospital in South Darfur, has questioned the establishment's capacity to fight the spread of yellow fever, he told Radio Dabanga on Wednesday, 31 October.

Besides, Mohammed al-Fadel, who is also the hospital laboratory's director, said the weak capacity of the hospital may not be enough to treat all infected patients.

At the same time, a technical team from the federal health ministry has reportedly arrived in Nyala on Wednesday to make arrangements to contain the spread of yellow fever, Radio Dabanga has learned.

The federal health minister announced he expects the vaccines against yellow fever to arrive in the affected areas of Darfur within two or three weeks.

Numbers

Central Darfur state minister of health, Issa Mohamed Moussa said that 41 people died of yellow fever, while 84 got infected in the state.

The minister of health of South Darfur, Ahmed Al-Tayeb, said that until Thursday, six people had died and eight got infected with the yellow fever.

In West Darfur, health minister Ahmed Ishaq said that so far 16 cases of yellow fever have been reported in west Habila and Mornei.

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