Radio Dabanga (Hilversum)

3 December 2012

Sudan: Impetigo 'Spreading' in Central Darfur Camp

Ronga Tas — Residents of the Ronga Tas camp in Central Darfur are complaining about the high spread of impetigo among children, they told Radio Dabanga on Monday, 3 December.

They explained that impetigo is a skin disease that leads to itches, hair loss and 'creates circular shapes with muddy color' on the scalp.

The disease began spreading three years ago in the camp, especially among children aged between two and 12, the displaced told Radio Dabanga. Health institutions have not found a cure for it, they added.

According to sources, Zalingei health authorities had promised to send a medical team to the camp to assess the spread of impetigo cases sometime ago. However, they continued, the team has not yet arrived at the camp.

Ronga Tas residents stressed that one out of five basic school students are infected with impetigo.

They appealed to Zalingei health authorities to promptly send a team to control the disease.

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