Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF), has raised an alarm over the imminent rainy season in South Sudan, bringing about massive spikes in malaria cases especially with children under five years of age.
Buai Tut Chol, MSF medical coordinator, in South Sudan said children under five years of age are the most at risk of complications such as “anaemia and convulsions, becoming unconscious, or being unable to talk or walk. This is where seasonal malaria chemoprevention has a positive impact by reducing the burden of the disease on children” and even death if infected with malaria.
“Each year across South Sudan, the rainy season brings massive spikes in malaria cases between July and November,” the statement said.
The medical charity group in a situational report says it has treated 22,400 people for malaria in the first three months of 2021 alone.
“Seasonal malaria chemoprevention is a public health intervention that can reduce the incidence of malaria among young children during the rainy season. It has been recommended by the World Health Organization since 2012 in countries with high seasonal malaria transmission.”
According to the World Health Organization(WHO) malaria is the number one killer disease in South Sudan.