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Amid Security Concerns, U.N. Agencies, Health Ministry Ramp Up Efforts To Stem Cholera Outbreak In South Sudan

Xinhua News: Insecurity hampers fight against cholera outbreak in S. Sudan: health agencies
“…The U.N. children’s fund (UNICEF) said on July 20 that dozens of people may have cholera following a rise in suspected cases in the capital Juba, Terekeka and Jonglei states. However, the mystery still remains unconfirmed due to lack of laboratory equipment needed for diagnosis. UNICEF South Sudan spokesperson, Timothy James Irwin, told Xinhua that tackling the current outbreak seems difficult because of security threat to aid workers, bad roads, and reduction in number of aid partners needed to deliver health services to affected populations…” (7/25).

WHO: WHO and Ministry of Health expand cholera response to minimize future risk
“In a move to prevent a cholera outbreak from spreading, the Ministry of Health of South Sudan with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and health partners are ramping up disease surveillance and treatment efforts. Across the country, 271 cholera cases have been reported, including 14 deaths since 12 July 2016…” (7/25).

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