16th February 2019
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Infectious diseases threaten public health – WHO

Author : Staff Writer | Published: 2 years ago

Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan, according to the World Health Organization.

These include measles, Kala-azar, malaria, and cholera, whose outbreaks have been reported in various parts of the country.

In addition to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people’s health.

In a report, the UN health agency says it is working with partners to respond to the cholera outbreak, including treating over 1,700 cholera patients.

As of the sixth of this month, a total of 1762 cholera cases, including 26 deaths had been reported from five states: Juba, Terekeka, Jonglei, Eastern Lakes and Imatong.

“Over 800,000 people have received treatment for malaria through static, outreach and mobile health teams,” the WHO said in the report.

On measles, more than 1600 measles cases, including at least 19 deaths, have been reported countrywide.

And more than 1000 cases of kala-azar, including 42 deaths have been reported in the country.

In response, the World Health Organization says it has “prepositioned outbreak investigation and response kits for these infectious diseases in 9 state hubs”.