By Chondok Stephen Magei
The Unity state ministry of health on Thursday confirmed recording 9,605 malaria cases in Mayom County in November alone.
Tot Jokchieng Nyuon, Acting minister of health and minister of education blamed the spike in malaria cases on flooding. In August, 2,000 cases of malaria were reported in Mayom County.
“We have talked to humanitarian health partners to rescue Mayom residents from malaria,” Nyuon told Juba Echo in an interview in Bentiu town.
He said that few health facilities are functioning in Mayom County because several others have closed operation due to heavy flooding since the start of this year.
Nyuon called on humanitarian organization to support the county with treated mosquito nets to prevent further infections.
Taimat Chan, Mayom County Health Director, said the few operation health facilities are currently congested due to the high number of admitted cases.
“We have admitted some malaria patients outside because the rooms were fully occupied, now we ordered mobile teams for door-to-door treatment in the villages,” said Chan.