By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Sudan Ministry of Health and Social Development has declared a State of Health Emergency in West Darfur after confirming 45 cases of chikungunya fever out of a total of 52 suspected cases.

Sudan map/CIA

No deaths have been recorded.

Officials report  a scarcity of medicines, medical supplies, and hospital capacity. The unusually heavy rainy season has made control of vectors such as mosquitoes extra challenging. The First Aid Hospital in the state capital El Geneina is overcrowded and running short of equipment, and lacks sufficient medical staff, beds, and wards. Governor El Doma described the situation as very worrying.

Dr. Mohamed Yahya, Director of the West Darfur Ministry of Health, also confirmed an increase in malaria cases in the state that exceed the response and treatment capabilities the state.

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Meanwhile, the Director of Diseases in South Darfur State, Jaafar Ali, warned of the transmission of chikungunya fevers to the state, especially the city of Nyala, which is densely populated.

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