Port Sudan facing cholera outbreak and lack of medical supplies amid war

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
3 min read

Port Sudan, which lies on Sudan’s Red Sea coast, is facing a cholera outbreak exacerbated by a lack of medical supplies as the country remains in the grips of war.

A university dorm that was hosting students has been converted into a shelter for the displaced, housing at least 1,000.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Among the displaced is Julia Adam, who lost one of her two daughters a month ago after she was infected with cholera.

“Her illness was stronger, it was cholera, and she died a month ago. And the other girl is here after she recovered,” she said.

Not everyone in the shelter looks after hygiene and cleanliness, said Adam, who moved from the Sudanese capital Khartoum.

Dr. Ahlam Abdullah, the director general of Red Sea province health sector at the Ministry of Health, says there have been 2,237 cases of cholera so far.

She said during an interview with The Associated Press that there has been a reduction of the death rate, but added that resources are stretched very thin.

“There is a shortage in the supply of medicines. We suffer greatly in providing treatment for people with all diseases,” she added.

She called on international organizations to help, adding that “70 percent of the health system in Sudan is out of service” because of war and the destruction of health care facilities.

Sudan’s war began in mid-April after months of tensions between military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan and RSF commander Gen. Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo.

Both generals led a military coup in October 2021 that derailed Sudan’s short-lived transition to democracy following a popular uprising that forced the removal of President Omar al-Bashir in April 2019.

More than 7 million people were forced out of their homes, including more than 1.5 million who have sought refuge in neighboring countries, according to the UN figures.

Chad received more than 500,000 refugees, mostly from Sudan’s western region of Darfur, where the RSF conquered much of its areas.

The conflict in Sudan has wrecked the country and killed up to 9,000 people as of October, according to the United Nations.

However, activists and doctors’ groups say the real toll is far higher.

Read more:

Over 7 million displaced in Sudan as conflict escalates

Sudan’s displaced forced to flee again as safe zones shrink

US urges Sudan warring sides to halt advance on aid hub

Top Content Trending