Sunday, October 2, 2011

Malaria outbreak kills 10 in Bentiu, Sudan - 1st Oct 2011

Health officials in Unity state say 10 people have died in a recent increase in Malaria cases. Doctors say that 80 percent of patients in the state’s hospitals suffer from the potentially fatal disease, which is spread by mosquito bites.

Many people are ignorant of how they can protect themselves from Malaria. But civilians say the government in Unity state is failing to address the issue.

Health clinics and private hospitals in Bentiu, the state capital, report that the children and the elderly are the worst effected.

Doctors, such as Dr William Wang who works at Bentiu China Hospital, describe the situation as very dangerous.

Dr. Wang says that 80 percent of patients have Malaria "because mosquitoes here are so many". He says that patients are advised "to use [a] mosquito net at night in order to keep mosquitoes outside” but many do not.

He seriously urged the civilians to bring those with Malaria to the hospital straight away as some children die before they even reached the hospital. Read More