Seven staff including two medical assistants from health administration in Abyei Administrative Area, are attending a training on malaria case management.
The five-day workshop supported by the South Sudan’s health ministry kicked off on Monday in Wau town, Western Bahr El-ghazal state.The acting director-general of health in Abyei, Kon Thon Mayen says the participants are being taught diagnosis and route of drug administration.
Abyei hospital alone records about 20 severe cases of malaria daily, Kon says adding that he did not know the figures in other health facilities at the time he spoke to Abyei FM.
In July , health authorities reported a surge in the number of malaria infections. Malual Biong, the acting Administrative Director of Agok hospital said they were treating 30 patients on average a day.
Caused by Plasmodium parasites and transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, malaria can be prevented through sleeping under a mosquito net.
Malaria claimed about 405,000 lives globally in 2018 alone, according to the latest report World Health Organization, (WHO) released in December, 2019.