After the Secretary-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned of a shortage of water, food, medicine and electricity in light of the fighting between Sudanese army and the Rapid Support ForcesAhmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, announced that 4 million children and pregnant and lactating women suffer from acute malnutrition in the country.
Al-Mandhari told the Arab World News Agency (AWP) on Monday that more than 100,000 children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition with medical complications and need specialized care.
He also added that the serious acts of violence in Sudan 10 weeks ago have severe effects on health and threaten the lives of the population, warning of the possibility of the spread of epidemics with the advent of the rainy season due to the lack of drinking water supplies in light of the fact that some water stations are out of service, and reports that people resort to drinking water. Rivers, fears of disease outbreaks.
He added that it was a matter of concern that vector control efforts to contain dengue fever and malaria had stalled.
Global health warns of a new epidemic
The Regional Director expressed his fear of worsening malnutrition with the inability to access or afford local markets, as well as the cessation of WFP operations.
Wide spread of epidemic diseases
It is noteworthy that the World Health Organization had warned of a widespread outbreak of a number of epidemic diseases in Sudan due to the deterioration of the health system as a result of the conflict, and the inability of the organization and other international and governmental organizations to reach the affected areas.
In addition, Sudan has been witnessing an armed conflict between the army and the Rapid Support Forces since mid-April, which has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries.
Estimates of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees indicate that more than 2.2 million people have been displaced inside and outside Sudan.
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