Red Crescent dispatches teams to fight yellow fever in Darfur

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Red Crescent Society on Tuesday said it dispatched a medical team to help fight yellow fever, which reports say claimed the lives of dozens of people in the Central Darfur state, one of five states in the war-fatigued Darfur region.

The society, in a statement made available to PANA here, said they sent a medical team to West and Central Darfur to provide medical care for people living with yellow fever and supervise the medical staff inside the Algnena and Zalengy hospitals."

The Sudanese Minister of Health, Bahar Idris Abou Ghardha, told the state-run Omdurman radio that some 190 people were affected by the mosquito-born disease resulting in 60 deaths.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society said "dozens were affected by yellow fever during the past few weeks and the mortality rate stands at 30%" among those affected."

Yellow fever is transmitted when mosquitoes bite an affected animal and then transmit the same to human beings.

The disease is usually found near the savanna forests. The affected areas of central and west Darfur usually witness massive animal, particularly cows, between the arid northern areas and the humid southern areas extending to south Sudan, where nomads move for grazing in the dry season starting from October-November up to June-July when they move northward to dry lands.

The Sudanese Red Crescent Society noted that it had been providing humanitarian services in all emergency situations that affected the country, especially in the states of Darfur.

The Minister has, meanwhile, assured citizens that massive campaign has been launched and that sample of bloods have been flown to Senegal for analysis, saying that upon the arrival of the results, the UN World Health Organization would come up with the needed assistance along with the efforts currently underway to deal with the disease.
-0- PANA MO/VAO 7Nov2012

07 november 2012 16:14:48




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