DRDC - FRONTPAGE - 12 june 2017 Statement Cholera Epidemic in Sudan

Monday, 12 June 2017


Statement on the Widespread of Cholera Epidemic in Sudan

Darfur Relief and Documentation Centre (DRDC) is alarmed that since mid-August 2016, many parts of Sudan have been facing a growing cholera epidemic. Currently the deadly disease spread into hitherto unaffected regions, including the national capital Khartoum and its twin cities Omdurman and Khartoum North (Bahri). Since the outbreak of the disease in August 2016, at least 12 of Sudan’s 18 States were severely affected. The epicentre of the pandemic is the White Nile, Khartoum, North and South Kordofan, River Nile and Northern States. In his address at Sudan’s National Assembly “Parliament” on 1st June 2017, the Federal Minster of Health stated that over the last ten months some 14,659 cases of “acute watery diarrhoea” were reported all over Sudan and that 265 mortalities were reported during this period. DRDC believe that these figures are conservative and do not reflect the reality, however, the case fatality rate deduced is over 1.8% of confirmed cholera cases. This mortality rate is above the threshold to declare cholera epidemic in a country. According to independent medical practitioners in Khartoum and elsewhere in Sudan the numbers of confirmed cases of cholera are much higher and that the mortality rate in some affected areas has reached over 10% of the declared cases.

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