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Sudan’s health crisis far from over as other diseases spread 

August 26 – 2021 KASSALA / KHARTOUM / SINKAT, Sudan’s health crisis is far from over as stunting, diarrhoea, haemorrhagic fevers, and the general lack of medical supplies and resources put further pressure on a healthcare system that already suffers greatly under the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal Minister of Health Omar El Najeeb visited Kassala state for three days to discuss the healthcare situation in the state.

During a three-day visit to Kassala, Federal Minister of Health Omar El Najeeb reported that stunting rates (impaired growth) among children in Kassala increased by 76 per cent and described this as ‘a dangerous indicator’.

Director of the ministry’s National Nutrition Programme Mohamed Abu Manga reported that the rate of stunting in Khartoum reached 36.3 per cent while stunting in some states had increased to 50 per cent. He noted that that 50 per cent of children under the age of five have stunting.


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