Citizens from Darfur are living in ‘panic and fear’ due to the continuing spread of yellow fever in the region that killed dozens of people by Friday, 16 November, according to the latest reports Radio Dabanga received.
Residents from different parts of Darfur blame the federal government for neglecting its own people by preventing aid organizations from helping those affected and for not providing vaccines against the disease.
Central Darfur: 72 dead
Issa Mohamed Musa Yusuf, the minister of health from Central Darfur, told Radio Dabanga that 72 people died of yellow fever in the state by Friday. Besides, he said, 296 people got infected so far.
The minister also told Radio Dabanga that one person died on Thursday afternoon at a Zalingei hospital as a result of the disease.
In addition, he continued, one person from Bindissi locality and another three from Um Dukhun locality got recently infected with yellow fever. Cases have also been reported in Jebel Ahmer, Zalingei locality, he revealed.
Yusuf said yellow fever infections are mostly found in the countryside of Central Darfur, adding this is the disease’s worst epidemic in Darfur.
Bishara El-Tayeb: 35 victims
According to a citizen from Bishara El-Tayeb, Central Darfur, 35 people died in the village since the yellow fever outbreak one month ago. Besides, a total of six people were diagnosed with the disease on Friday, he said, explaining the spread of yellow fever cannot be contained.
He stressed that so far no medical team has arrived in the region, despite the fact they asked authorities from Nertiti, Zalingei and Kabkabiya, in addition to UNAMID, to intervene as soon as possible.
Radio Dabanga spoke with residents from the areas of Gorne, Bishara El-Tayeb, Shenmue and Kebe in Nertiti locality, Central Darfur. They all complained about the high incidence of deaths caused by the continuous spread of yellow fever in the area.
Empty syringes have arrived at the El-Geneina airport, in West Darfur, on Friday according to Minister Yusuf. He told Radio Dabanga he expects the vaccines’ doses to arrive in the region by the end of the last week of November.
The minister appealed to citizens from Central Darfur to immediately yellow fever cases at the nearest medical center and to follow the ministry’s preventive instructions.
West Darfur: 40 deaths
Ahmed Ishaq Yaqoup, health minister of West Darfur, announced that 40 people died and another 113 got infected as a result of the spread of yellow fever in the state.
He asserted that rural areas are mostly affected, citing specifically zones around El-Geneina, Mornei and Habila.
The minister also confirmed the incidence of the disease in other localities in West Darfur.