5 November 2012

Sudan: Health Ministry - Yellow Fever Claims 63 Lives

Photo: Norbert Domy/Sanofi Pasteur
A Yellow Fever vaccination drive (file photo): Citizens denounced the scarcity of medicines, vaccines, preventive guidance and ambulances for those in the most affected regions.

Khartoum — Sudan's Federal Health Ministry announced that the number of yellow fever cases in Darfur has increased to more than 143, including 63 deaths, Radio Dabanga has learned on Sunday November 4.

The Ministry confirmed the emergence of new cases among the population in the southern regions west of El-Geneina in West Darfur and the adjacent areas in Central Darfur.

At the same time, the State Health Ministry of South Darfur disclosed their urgent need for approximately 9 million doses of vaccines for the people of Darfur in the battle against the 'epidemic disease', adding it could take more than two weeks for the vaccines to arrive.

For his part, the Minister of Health of the Darfur Regional Authority, Osman al-Bushra, confirmed the increase of yellow fever cases and its spread from Central Darfur to the east and west, adding that a medical team of doctors and specialists is scheduled to arrive in the affected areas on Sunday.

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