Via MSF: Cholera: Patient stories from South Sudan. Excerpt:
Due to a recent outbreak of cholera in Juba, South Sudan, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been constructing cholera treatment centres (CTCs) around the city to provide emergency treatment for the disease.
CTC Gudele 2 is a facility made up of a hospital, recovery area, decontamination points, a laundry service to decontaminate clothes and sanitation facilities. We spoke to some of the patients and staff to find out how the outbreak had affected them.
Kiden Margaret, patient
"Cholera is now increasingly affecting many people and killing children especially. When my child started vomiting and had diarrhoea, I suspected it to be cholera. So I had to inform my husband immediately to rush us to the nearest cholera hospital in Gudele, run by MSF. When I arrived this morning, we were directed to the observation room to register. My son was very weak, now we are here and he is put on drip and given oral rehydration solutions. I hope my son will get better. It is the first time my child is being affected and treated for cholera, my other three children are all fine. At home we eat normal food and drink usual water; I do not understand how my child got the cholera. My message to the people is that parents should take care of their children: don’t allow them to eat cold food or drink cold drinks, and keep the compound clean to avoid flies."
Alice John, patient
"When I started experiencing the signs of vomiting with slight diarrhoea, I developed fear in me, that I might die of cholera because I had no money for treatment. Fortunately, I am happy that MSF is providing us with cholera treatment. When my family told me about this Gudele 2 centre that no money had to be paid for treatment, I came straight away and now I am here being treated freely. I am happy the vomiting has reduced and diarrhoea has stopped, I am getting well. I would like to say to everyone: you should keep good hygiene!"