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Cholera, Malnutrition Worsening in South Sudan, Somalia

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United Nations Children’s Fund has warned of rising cases of cholera and malnutrition in the African war ravaged countries of South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan.

The UN body in a statement released on Wednesday said the situation is being worsened by limited funds and insecurity hampering the efforts by the humanitarians to address to address the epidemics in the 3 countries and Yemen.

“Access, funding and security are needed in the four countries so that UNICEF and our partners can reach children with an integrated response that deal simultaneously with both malnutrition and disease prevention treatment,” UNICEF Spokesman Christophe Boulierac said.

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According to Mr. Boulierac besides Yemen, South Sudan has the highest number of cholera reported cases at 6,870 only in mainly affecting children and teenagers. The country that is still grappling with the bloody civil war that started in 2013 also has 1.1 million malnourished children and 290,000 of them are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

In Somalia, there are about 53,000 cases of cholera, the figure three times more than that of 2016 and ten times more than those registered in 2015. Meanwhile some 1.4 million children in Somalia are feared to be malnourished, 275,000 of them severely malnourished, the UN spokesperson added.

In Sudan, over 20,000 suspected cases of acute water diarrhoea, with over 400 deaths, had been recorded.

UNICEF called on aid agencies to quickly mobilize funds to avert situation the affected countries.

Conflicts in South Sudan and Sudan are not about to stop though the regional body IGAD and African Union are putting in efforts to end the crises.

 

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