WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

South Sudan hospital reports malaria on the rise

Malaria update from South Sudan | Courtesy of wikipedia.org
Wol Wol Aken, the acting medical director for Aweil Hospital in South Sudan, has reported an increase in the hospital’s malaria cases this year, which he blames on a shortage of malrial drugs in hospitals and private clinics.

"The medicines for malaria for adults are not available even now,” Wol said. “The available drugs for malaria are provided by [Doctors Without Borders] for children from 6 months up to 11 years.”

Every day, there are new malaria cases at the hospital.

"The exact statistics of malaria cases [in the last 3] months is not currently available because we are still receiving more cases even after the malaria season, which makes it difficult for us to give the number,” Wol said.

Health professionals have used this opportunity to remind the public and residents in Aweil that they need to adhere to preventive measures. These are considered the best way to prevent contracting the illness.

"People of Aweil should commit themselves and protect children, [including preparation of] their bednets ... to prevent mosquito bites,” Wol said.

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