UN reports rise in cholera cases across Sudan


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

UNITED NATIONS, 5th Dec. UN SPOKESMAN Stepane Dujarric on Monday said in New York that humanitarians and partners are boosting up response to the outbreak of cholera across war-torn Sudan.

Stéphane Dujarric said that this effort included detection and treatment of cases and addressing water, sanitation and hygiene issues.

OCHA is warning that the outbreak continues to worsen, with a 70 per cent surge in reported cases over the past three weeks.

It noted 2.2 million oral cholera vaccinations have been administered in the worst-affected states.

UN Spokesman stated “As of today, nearly 5,200 suspected cases of cholera have been registered, including more than 160 deaths”, according to the World Health Organization and Sudan’s health ministry. In all, at least nine states have registered cases since 26 September.”

Dujarric said “Since the start of the war in April, WHO has verified 60 attacks against healthcare facilities, which is as a reminder, is against International Humanitarian Law”.

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