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S Sudan refugees in Uganda in need of drugs, medicines

Author : mathya | Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Refugees in Nyumazi camp in Northern Uganda are calling on health organizations to provide enough medicine to treat malaria, typhoid and other diseases.

According to the refugees, there are a few health centers at the camp. These are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of refugees.

Nyumazi refugee camp in Adjumani district is hosting about 60,000 South Sudanese who fled the country after violence erupted in December last year.

Martha Nyankiir, a mother of two, says when she takes her children to the health centers within the camp, she can only find pain killers but not a complete medication.

“If you go to hospital, you don’t get good medicine. We just get amoxiline and paracetamol. We have malaria and typoid,” she told Eye Radio. “Water is not good here; this is what gives us typhoid.”

A doctor at the camp, Andrew Alel, says the common illnesses in the camp include Malaria, typhoid and diarrhea.

Though there are private clinics within Nyumanzi camp, the refugees say they don’t receive enough medical services.

“If you go now to any clinic, you will see so many patients suffering indeed and we got doctors here,” he said.

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