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Sudan’s regime is denying any claims that there has been an outbreak of cholera in the country this year. They are lying to the public and the international community in a sad attempt to save face at the expense of their people. According to the Independent Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, 22,000 cholera cases and 700 fatalities have been reported since late May 2017. This number is similar to the National Epidemiological Corporation’s findings. They state that 23,766 infections and 820 deaths have been reported over the same timeframe. However, Sudan claims that there are no cases of Cholera, only diarrhea. They also state that there have only been 16,000 cases and 260 deaths in the entire last year due to the diarrhea. Sudan’s regime has proven itself to be completely corrupt and does not care about it citizens at all. This is especially bad for Christians whose faith is illegal and who are seen as second class humans.

 

2017-08-24 Sudan (NubaReports) The Independent Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, who organized national demonstrations last year against poor hospital conditions, cited 22,000 cholera cases and 700 fatalities since late May 2017. This figure is comparable to that of the National Epidemiological Corporation that cites 23,766 infections and 820 deaths over the same period.

In comparison, Sudan’s health ministry refuses to admit the outbreak exists, referring to the epidemic as “acute watery diarrhea” and estimates 16,000 cases and 265 deaths have taken place since August last year.

At the height of the rainy season, where access to clean water and adequate sanitation is limited, Sudan’s doctors say they lack adequate health facilities to contend with the crisis. In some areas, schools are used as isolation centers for cholera patients, a practice doctors say inadequately quarantines the disease and contributes to cholera spreading further.

“Currently the hospitals don’t have the proper intravenous medications,” said Husam El Amin, the committee’s spokesperson and assistant general surgeon at Bahri Educational Hospital in Khartoum. “Incredibly, patients have to go to buy them [intravenous medication] from the black market themselves –at an exorbitant price.”

Conditions outside the capital Khartoum are worse.

In Darfur’s internally displaced camp, Kalma, 42 people have died of cholera over the past two months, 539 others are infected, news reports said. Other parts of Sudan with poor access to drinking water are also affected by the epidemic, namely: White Nile, Red Sea and Gedarif states. Roughly 31% of Sudan’s drinking water comes from sources contaminated with industrial, domestic and commercial waste, the UN reports. 

 

 

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