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BIEH - 20 Sep 2019

Malaria cases on the rise amidst lack of drugs in Bieh State: officials

Health authorities in South Sudan’s Bieh State say cases of malaria and typhoid are on the rise in parts of the state.

Speaking to Radio Tamazuj Thursday, Duop Rom Kok, the director-general in the state health ministry said over 160 malaria and typhoid cases were reported in Bieh’s Waat Town since August

The health official blamed the rise in the diseases on floods.

“Cases of water-borne diseases have been increasing since July. Now, at the only health center in Waat town, there are more than 160 patients without treatment. There are also cases of unknown diseases. Three people presented signs of swollen legs,” he said.

Rom revealed that locals depend on herbal medicines and walk several days to get treatment in Langken area.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Nyarew, a technical advisor in the state gender ministry said at least three women died of pregnancy-related complications in August due to poor health services on the state, adding malnutrition is on a rise among children as floods destroy community livelihoods.

The officials are appealing to health agencies operating in the country to intervene by assessing the area and providing health care.