South Sudan records three deaths from cholera

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Women with their children in South Sudan. Credit: UN Photo/Martine Perret

The number of people affected by cholera in South Sudan is rapidly increasing, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Three people have died and there are now more than 130 confirmed cases being treated in the capital, Juba.

Dozens of children are among those affected.

Dr Pinyi Nyimon, from the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, said the Government had prepared for this outbreak.

” We were actually prepared before the outbreak because we really anticipated all year. So we had trained our staff in all the States and we have pre-positioned cholera kits and acute diarrhoea kits. We have trained rapid response teams in the States and we were watching, monitoring the situation so we were prepared.”

Dr Nyimon added that UNICEF is doing a lot of work to contain the further spread of the disease.

Since January, UNICEF has warned of the threat of cholera, due to the desperate overcrowding of camps following continued violence, and now the rainy season.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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