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Over 42,000 malaria cases registered in Bentiu –WHO

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The World Health Organization says there are increasing cases of Malaria  in Protection of Civilians Site in Bentiu and over 42,000 cases were registered.

According to the World Health Organization, there has been a significant increase in the number of the cases since the year begun.

The WHO Country’s Preparedness and International Health Regulation Officer, Dr. Wamala Joseph Francis said the exponential rise in Malaria cases constitutes of more than 50 percent of the outpatient Consultation (OPD).

He was speaking during coronavirus weekly press briefing on Sunday in Juba.

“By last weekend that ended 2nd August, Bentiu PoC had seen over 42, 000 cases of Malaria since the beginning of the year,” he said.

Dr. Wamala stated that the rise was also seen in other areas across the country, adding that most of the areas in the South and Central parts of the country were moderate to high transmission throughout the year.

“And of course, our worries are the most vulnerable population, especially the populations living in these hard conditions, like the IDPs, and that is where we have actually noticed these significant increases in the cases,” he said.     

At least there have been 6 malaria death cases recorded in Bentiu PoC since the beginning of the year.

Dr. Wamala said that there has been a quick response from partners, especially UNICEF that completed the distribution of bedmates.  

He added that Malaria Control Program has posted a request for additional anti-malaria supplies as many partners beef up surveillance in the town.

“There have been additional clinics. At least three additional clinics have been set up, in addition to existing clinics to manage the cases,” he said.

The Taskforce on Malaria prevention has been sitting every Wednesday to develop and review Comprehensive response to Malaria situation in the area.

Dr. Wamala revealed that they were also monitoring Malaria situation in all other locations to ensure that all the medicines were made available by the Malaria Control Program.

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