In two months, 42 people have died of cholera in Kalma camp for displaced people in South Darfur. 539 others have been infected. The deaths occurred between 26 June and 20 August, the coordinator of the camp in Nyala state, Yagoub Abdallah Furi, informed Radio Dabanga yesterday. “There are three medical isolation centres belonging to two organisations from the United States that have been established in the camp since the cholera broke out here in June.”Currently there are 37 hospitalised cases at the camp’s isolation wards. “There is a large shortage of intravenous solutions. We hope organisations working in the medical field and the Ministry of Health to provide us with medicines.” The epidemic reached Manawashi, north of Nyala city, in the beginning of August. At least 36 people have been infected with cholera in Central Darfur’s Nierteti in the past 11 days. Four of them died, sources reported to Radio Dabanga. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported in its latest biweekly bulletin that “humanitarian access and insecurity remain major challenges for the implementation of key health and protection interventions” in Central Darfur.

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