By: Aisha Braima
KHARTOUM (Sudanow.info.sd) - Health authorities in Khartoum have made sure water sources in and outside the water grids are safe and that chlorine was adequately added to prevent transmission of acute diarrhea which was reported in some states.
The Undersecretary at the Ministry for Health, Dr Issam-Eddin Mohamed Abdallah, reaffirmed, after paying a field visit to Khartoum water reservoirs on Sunday, that Khartoum state is free of any epidemic or diarrhea cases, stressing that the Ministry of Health is ready to face any emergency and that a task team was set ready for any eventuality.
The states in which diarrhea cases were registered are the Blue Nile, Kassala, Nahar al-Nil (River Nile) and Sinnar.
The Ministry issued earlier a statement, in response to media reports that spoke of spread of diarrhea cases in those states as cholera outspread, conceding that an increase in diarrhea cases was registered at those peripheral states since the third week of last August.
It stressed that the rate of the infection is 1.2 cases for every 100.000 persons of the population claiming this was an ordinary rate according to international standards.
It said federal authorities immediately stepped in offering logistic and financial help to the affected regions addition to emergency and epidemic control teams, a matter that helped in full controlling these cases in Kassala State and ebbing the cases in Nahar
The State Minister at the Federal Ministry of Health Dr. Somia Akad said reported diarrhea cases in Roserious and Al-Damazeen of the Blue Nile State have been brought under control.
She paid a field visit Saturday to the region, at the borders with Ethiopia, accompanied by medical teams and medicines consignments. She said preventive measures were put in place to control the situation including specifying some hospitals and health centers to deal with
any emergency, launching campaigns for chlorination of water resources, distributing medications for people in the company of infected persons and patients’ relatives, besides a door-to-door insecticides spraying.
Al-Raie Alaam newspaper said on Monday that 28 people were reported to have died until yesterday as a result of the acute diarrhea. The newspaper quoted chairperson of the Parliament’s Committee for Health, Environment and Population Ms. Imtisal al-Teraifi as saying 26 of the death cases occurred at the Blue Nile State.
Al-Teraifi attributed the spread of the disease in this state to lack of chlorine, a decisive element in purification of water and in eradicating water borne diseases, in some of drinking water stations and pollution of the Blue Nile River, from which some people drink directly, during the rainfall season.
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