AFRICA/SOUTH SUDAN - Malaria drugs have run out, patients forced to buy them from private clinics

Tuesday, 9 June 2020 coronavirus   diseases   solidarity   healthcare   human rights  


Maridi (Agenzia Fides) - In the states of Mundri and Maridi, western Equatoria, the door-to-door information campaign on Covid and the distribution of hygiene materials continues, through the local non-governmental body Mvolo United and Sport Association (MUYSA), in markets, churches and public places. Many, due to limited budget, have not been reached.
However, the serious shortage of drugs in the event of an increase in malaria is worrying now in Maridi County. The note sent to Agenzia Fides says that the alarm was given by doctors from the main hospital of the city, through the local radio station Radio Tamazuj. "Drugs provided by the government through the Health Pooled Fund have run out. We received the last supply in February", explained Dr. Mazzin Adil Severino, medical director of Maridi hospital. According to the doctor, the hospital receives about a thousand cases of malaria weekly and patients are asked to buy drugs from private clinics.
"We told the Health Pooled Fund to deliver the medicines on time but to date we have not received any positive response", concluded Adil.
Across the Country 1,604 cases of Covid-19 have been registered, of these 15 recovered and 19 dead. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 9/6/2020)