Sixteen people confirmed dead from suspected cholera in Upper Nile State

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At least 16 people are said to have died from suspected cholera in Upper Nile state. Speaking to journalists in Malakal town, the state minister for health, Obal Odowok, said 16 people have died and more than 750 people are receiving treatment in hospital. 

At least 16 people are said to have died from suspected cholera in Upper Nile state. Speaking to journalists in Malakal town, the state minister for health, Obal Odowok, said 16 people have died and more than 750 people are receiving treatment in hospital. 

 

Odowok says the cases are prevalent in Kadok, Lul and among internally displaced persons.

 

He said currently, 799 persons are suffering from cholera. He said the government and humanitarian agencies on the ground are making efforts to contain the disease.

 

In Kadok of  Fashuda area, one case was  registered, in Lul area 15 cases were reported. Of these, five died in the UN base, said Odowok .

 

Since  28th June, about  fifty-two cases of cholera infections were reported  and the situation was getting worse due to poor hygienic conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) which is complicated by heavy rains.

 

However, the minister assured residents of the state that the situation was under control as the state government purifies water points and carries out public health awareness campaigns among communities. 

 

Also, a humanitarian team had visited Unity State to assess the living conditions of IDPs.  The team led by the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator Sue Lautze toured the IDP protection site in Bentiu and met with state government officials.

 

She said that there are limited resources and massive needs, adding that what was happening across the whole state was just a terrible tragedy.

 

“So talking to everybody that is government officials and the opposition is very important to understand the humanitarian principles of assessment. Our impartiality and neutrality in order to direct a very limited amount of humanitarian assistance to people who are in really horrible condition is paramount,” Lautze said.

 

By mid-this week, there were more than 40,000 IDPs seeking safety at the UN site in Bentiu and it is believed that more displacements may take place as fighting continues.

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