Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

30 November 2012

Sudan: Central Darfur Displaced Demand Yellow Fever Campaign

Photo: Albert González Farran/UN
Hospital staff are inoculated against yellow fever before seeing patients (file photo).

Central Darfur — Displaced from Central Darfur camps are demanding that the state's health authorities carry out vaccination campaigns against yellow fever in their vicinity, Radio Dabanga was informed on Thursday, 29 November.

Residents from Bindissey, Mukjar and Umm Dukhun said their demands are especially necessary after some cases of yellow fever emerged in camps and surrounding villages in Central Darfur.

"The outbreak of yellow fever in some camps requires authorities' immediate intervention to protect the displaced", a sheikh from Bindissey told Radio Dabanga.

He noted that health authorities had previously announced on camps' loudspeakers their plans to vaccinate the displaced.

However, the sheikh continued, authorities declared at a later stage that the vaccination campaign would be focused on areas affected by the disease only, which did not include the three camps.

Displaced from Umm Dukhun fear that the spread of yellow fever might get "out of control" around camps, especially after cases of the disease were reported in some areas south and east of Bindissey, they said.

An Umm Dukhun resident demanded that health authorities vaccinate the displaced and all residents around the area, stressing this is an "urgent matter".

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