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11 killed in Kalazar ‘outbreak’ in Upper Nile’s Akoka

Author : Mabior Philip | Published: Friday, September 12, 2014

The commissioner of Akoka County in Upper Nile State says 11 people have died of Kalazar in the last four weeks.

Yhor Akech says 50 patients have now been admitted to the hospital in the area.

Mr. Akech says as of last week, up to five patients were being admitted to hospital daily.

He urges the government and humanitarian agencies to intervene in order to contain the situation.

“Those who are affected, many of them are children, especially very young ones. The latest was 7 months old,” he told Eye Radio’s Sun Down program.

“As a county, we are making an appeal to NGOs, our friends and partners who are involved in Kala-azar program” to intervene, he says.

Mr. Yhor also urges the people in the county to sleep under mosquito nets in order to prevent bites of Sand fly, which carries the germ that causes Kala-azar.

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