South Sudan has more than its fair share of health concerns, which would be expected for a worn torn country. However, to have to deal with a disease such as Malaria, it just places an extra burden on what the population here has to deal with. What makes it worse is that the infections of Malaria are increasing.
The residents here are having to deal with being displaced and there is a major shortage of food. With no reliable health system to count on for their health care needs it puts them in even a more vulnerable situation. The stats indicate that about 1.3 million people have become ill as a result of a malaria outbreak. Bouts of Malaria are expected as they run by season, but what is not expected is to have to deal with an increase of people being affected. While the Malaria situation is considered extremely serious by many, there are still some that believe that although there is an increase in the reported numbers of Malaria that it has not reached a point where it should be considered as an outbreak.
Malaria is just but one of several health concerns that have to be addressed. Measles and cholera can also be added to the list.
Positive steps are being taken to get the spread and contraction of measles under control, but one attempt to do so led to a most disheartening occurrence. As a result of contaminated measles vaccine it is estimated that at least fifteen children died because of this. It is believed that this mishap was as a result of an error where the same syringe was used to vaccine several children, along with improper storage of the vaccine. Although the cause of the problem was identified early and proper steps can now be taken to correct it, this could cause a mistrust in the people of the region who are not as confident in western medicine.
Added to the health woes of South Sudan is cholera. This is a disease that can be spread easily which makes those that have been displaced in this region much more vulnerable to it. This condition causes severe diarrhea and can quickly lead to dehydration followed by death if not effectively treated. With the shortage of food and the living environment that currently exists in South Sudan it has become an additional challenge to keep Cholera under control. The latest outbreak of this began in July of this year and there are some regions that are able to report a reduction in the number of cases being reported, while in some other areas it is still on the rise.