Malaria claims 2,000 lives In six months
Malaria has caused 1,956 deaths in the country, making it one of the main causes of illness in the world’s newest nation, the UN humanitarian agency said.
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in its latest report released on Saturday evening said more than 928,141 malaria cases have been reported since January and warns that the mosquito-borne disease is expected to increase as the rainy season sets in.
The UN said deaths caused by malaria represents 76.9 percent of all disease-related deaths recorded so far in 2017. “The counties most-affected to date are Aweil-North, Gogrial-West, Juba, Maban, Torit and Wau,” Chinese News Agency (Xinhua), reported.
Malaria spikes during the mid-year rainy season as mosquitoes, which transmit the disease, breed in stagnant water.
Health organizations are scaling up their malaria prevention and response, with distribution of mosquito nets, and replenishment of antimalarial drugs in health facilities ongoing.
There were at least 20 robberies or ambushes of vehicles involved in humanitarian activities in June.
Malaria is endemic in South Sudan, especially during the country’s rainy season, and there is an annual upswing in cases around July.
In recent years, conflict, displacement and poor access to health services have contributed to the severity of malaria outbreaks, with 2016 having the highest number of recorded cases since South Sudan became independent.
Health experts say malaria is number one killer disease in South Sudan. Our World Record Data indicates that malaria is prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Southern Asia. Since the beginning of the 21st century, the WHO has published global estimates of the number of people that die from malaria.
In these 15 years the global death toll has been cut in half: from 839,000 deaths in 2000 to 438,000 in 2015. Africa is the world region that is most affected by malaria: In 2015, the African continent held 9
out of 10 malaria victims. But Africa is also the world region that has achieved most progress: from 2000 to 2015, African deaths from malaria were reduced from 764,000 to 395,000.
By Staff Writer and UNOCHA