Dec 9, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Over 29,000 South Sudanese children treated for malaria in Bahr-el-Ghazal – MSF


More than 4,000 children diagnosed with malaria were hospitalized this year and more than 25,000 outpatients in the city of Aweil in the north of Bahr-el. -Ghazal, medical charity Doctors Without Borders said.

“These numbers are higher than in 2020 or 2019. The region’s local health facilities depend on international support for malaria drugs and tests, and these were scarce. ”during the high malaria season. Some healthcare facilities have completely lost external support and are no longer functioning, “said Aminu Lawal, Medical Sans Frontiers (MSF) medical activity manager, in a press release seen by The EastAfrican on Thursday.

She added that the number of hospital admissions in the area increased massively during this rainy season.

“We had almost 300 people in our hospital section, which usually has 150 beds. Most of them suffer from malaria. And to be honest, we’re running out of space to accommodate them.

“Although we’ve built new malaria tents to increase capacity, it’s still not enough. Some have to sleep in hallways because there is nowhere else to sleep. Our medical staff, especially the nurses, are overwhelmed, “said Ms. Lawal.

She said the increase in patient admissions has led to a critical blood shortage for transfusions in the Aweil hospital.

” Patients with severe malaria often develop anemia, so safe and well-stocked blood banks are a necessity. During the rainy season, the hospital’s teams have to give hundreds of blood transfusions a month, but blood can often be difficult to get in in South Sudan. As a rule, blood is only donated by the relatives of a patient.

“There is a crucial lack of blood for transfusions. One of the problems is that families seldom have phones and we relatives cannot reach them when a blood donation is required. This really makes us unable to deal with many severe cases of malaria, sometimes with fatal consequences, ”added Ms. Lawal.