ROME, — Italy has contributed 400,000 euros in emergency aid to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) to help contain proliferation of outbreaks of bacillary diarrhoea in Sudan.

A statement from the Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry read, ”This is in response to the plea the IFRC and the Red Crescent made at the beginning of September to help approximately 64,500 people, with a special focus on water and sanitation.”

The funds will help fight against spreading of the disease in five States that were most severely hit by floods and that potentially could be at risk: Kassala, Sennar, Gezeira, West Kordofan and While Nile.

It is also to provide relief supplies to their populations and launch training activities to reduce water-related diseases, while at the same time promoting good practices in the health sector.

In the middle of September, health unions and an opposition party called on the Sudanese government to declare a cholera outbreak in the Blue Nile State after recording 17 deaths.

Doctors Union of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the National Umma Party (NUP) as well as the opposition political party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -North (SPLM-N) released statements for the government’s response.

SPLM-N Chairman Malik Agar urged the government to recognise the cholera epidemic as an outbreak and provide urgent medical support, local media Sudan Tribune reported.

The death toll of diarrhoeal diseases in Blue Nile state has reportedly risen to 23. In eastern Sudan two people are dying each day since mid-August. In El Gezira six people died of the disease last week. Medics warn for the spread of cholera.

At least 628 people are suffering from diarrhoeal diseases in Blue Nile state, medical cadres told reporters in Ed Damazin.

However, the secretary of state of the federal Health Ministry, reported in Khartoum that the number of watery diarrhoea cases in Blue Nile state has begun to decrease, “as a result of the deployment of 200 technicians to ensure the safety of drinking water sources”.

Source: Nam News Network