Watery diarrhea kills 27 in Sudan

Khartoum, Sep 19 (IANS) The health committee at the Sudanese parliament on Sunday announced that 27 people died due to infection by watery diarrhea in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Sinnar states, Sudan Tribune reported.

“Statistics on death cases due to watery diarrhea amounted to 26 in Blue Nile state and one in Sinnar state,” Imtithal Al Rayah, chairperson of the health committee at the Sudanese parliament, was quoted as saying.

She said medical teams from the federal ministry of health and the parliament were sent to villages of Blue Nile state to investigate the death cases.

The official refuted earlier media reports which indicated outbreak of cholera in Blue Nile and Sinnar states, accusing what she termed as “activists” of spreading false news about death statistics at the two areas.

Meanwhile, Malik Agar, chairman of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM)/northern sector, which is fighting the government at Blue Nile, called in a statement Saturday on the government to acknowledge cholera outbreak in the area.

–IANS

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