Following the outbreak of cholera in South Sudan, health authorities in Sudan are taking precautionary measures to prevent the transmission of cholera as the number of refugees fleeing violence in the conflict-stricken nascent state is increasing.
“There are no recorded cases of cholera in Sudan, but we are taking precautionary measures to address and suspected cases” said the Health Ministry of Sudan on Saturday. “We are monitoring the borders, especially with South Sudan,” its adds whole pointing out the bulletins issued at airports across the country.
Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office in Cairo will arrive in Sudan to assist in training Sudanese with dealing with the disease.
Isolation wards and the necessary equipment is being prepared, and large scale vaccination drive will take place in the border state of White Nile, according Dr. Salem Abdul Rahman Salem coordinator of the epidemiology department in the Ministry of Health said in press statements. Adding, “Emergency rooms to follow the situation have been set up in the border states.”
The states on the border are White Nile, Blue Nile, Sennar, South Kordofan, East Darfur and South Darfur.
A cholera epidemic is taking place in South Sudan amidst the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation, according to international agencies operating there.
WHO spokesperson Fadéla Chaib released a statement on 19 July about South Sudan. The statement reads, “ The situation endured by displaced people, where inadequate access to water and sanitation services have resulted in poor living, hygiene and sanitation conditions resulting in threats of outbreaks. One of these threats is an upsurge of reported cases of suspected cholera/ acute watery diarrhoea. The suspected cases are from Juba and Duk Counties in Central Equatoria and Jonglei States respectively.”
Dozens of people have fallen ill with suspected cholera in Juba, the United Nations said last week and warned of a huge humanitarian crisis. The United Nations had said suspected number of cholera victims has been increasing and said it ranged from about 30 to 70, including six or seven deaths, but laboratory confirmation of the disease was pending.