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Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 14:55

At least fifty six people are dead and over two hundred hospitalized in Ayod county of Jonglei state since a Kala-azar outbreak began in June, official records indicate. A two-roomed ward at a primary health care center (PHCC) in Ayod county's headquarters has not been enough to cope with the daily increase in patients, Sudan Tribune witnessed on Thursday, while accompanying the Jonglei state ministry of health visit to Ayod county that was facilitated by UNMIS. The Kala-azar outbreak has displaced a substantial number of people to Ayod town based on the crowd that Sudan Tribune saw on Thursday. Local health and government authorities say the combination of the Kala-azar and insufficient feeding of patients are fuelling the large numbers of people seeking help from the health centre described as "poorly serviced" by Ayod county commissioner Thoi Ruai Ret. Pricilla Wagare, a health official in Ayod affirmed that the cases of Kala-azar are increasing drastically since June which is worrying. Jonglei state minister of health, Rodentia Ayen Alphorns, said the state government is following Kala-azar cases in Ayod, Fangak and Pigi keenly. She called upon humanitarian organizations to offer assistance. In a related development, forty two villages are affected by flooding in Ayod, according to document release by Southern Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (SSRRC). From the UNMIS helicopter that took the Sudan tribune correspondent to Ayod it is clear to see that water has surrounded huts in Duk and Ayod counties. Local officials said that crops and domestic animals, which are livelihood of people in Jonglei, are under threat.

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