AFRICA/SUDAN - The number of children with cancer increases

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 healthcare  

David Stanley

Khartoum (Agenzia Fides) - There are 400,000 children suffering from cancer in Sudan. This was stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides, by the General Coordinator of the Pediatric Hospital of Oncology in Khartoum. The cases continue to rise, and the causes seem to be attributed to the use of potassium bromide in bread, the increasing environmental pollution, drinking water contaminated by industrial waste, pesticides and expired fertilizers, and by the lack of an adequate sanitation. "The pediatric cases are desperate, because since there are no centers for early diagnosis, it is difficult to intervene with treatments on young children suffering from advanced cancer", said the pediatric Coordinator. On 1 September, the Sudanese Ministry of Health announced the results of a study on the number of recorded cases of cancer in the country, which showed that between 2009 and 2013, 11,893 were registered. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 14/09/2016)