Sudan’s Federal Minister of Health, Dr Haisam Ibrahim, announced yesterday that dengue fever had emerged in the Khartoum and El Gedaref for the first time, noting that two separate deaths from symptoms related to dengue fever, also referred to as haemorrhagic fever, were recorded in both locations.
At a press conference held in Khartoum yesterday, the minster stated Khartoum had recorded 110 confirmed cases and 169 suspected cases, while El Gedaref had recorded 59 confirmed cases and 80 suspected cases.
Dr Ibrahim stated that 104 cases were confirmed in Ombadda in Omdurman, as well as five cases in the Karari locality.
He emphasised that the cases had nothing to do with Rift Valley fever, which affects animals.
Haitham pointed out that entomological surveys confirmed the presence of vector-borne mosquitoes in most states, attributing the extensive spread of the disease to the “cessation of routine operations related to disease control during the last three years”, as a result of Sudan’s economic, political, and security conditions.
Last year in December, the Health Ministry said that new cases were recorded in 10 states, and that 29 people had died as a result of the fever. North and South Kordofan and Red Sea state were hit especially hard, and the spread was deemed the “worst outbreak in over a decade”.
Radio Dabanga also previously reported that real numbers are likely to be higher, because there is only one laboratory in the whole of Sudan that can confirm vector-borne diseases.
Source: Radio Dabanga