When new health threats like the Covid-19 pandemic appear on the scene and are in the limelight, old enemies do not always disappear. Instead, they do their normal work quietly, greatly disappointing the affected people. Malaria is one such ancient plague that still kills people in South Sudan and elsewhere.
The country’s Eastern Equatoria is fortunate to have Rwandan troops free to participate in UN missions in South Sudan. When they discovered an increase in malaria cases in the area, they took immediate action and had important knowledge of mosquito coils, repellents, and how to prevent the spread of the disease quickly.
Although the awareness of preventative measures is the king (or queen), some people still need refreshment many times, despite their lifetime coexistence with malaria-inducing mosquitoes.
“The number of cases of malaria is increasing rapidly, especially among women and toddlers. Sadly, most people are not yet fully aware of how to protect themselves,” says Morwari. Obusuk Michael, head of residential areas in Torit, says.
The chief added that many of those who know may not have the necessary means to keep themselves safe, such as mosquito nets, coils, and repellents.
Fortunately, more than 600 households have gained such equipment and valuable knowledge, thanks to a campaign to reduce the risk of malaria carried out by Rwandan peacekeepers.
Their efforts have not been overlooked by Chief Obsk.
“We are really grateful that they have helped our community. Hopefully others will soon benefit,” he said.
Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
UNMISS peacekeepers are tackling the old enemy malaria in Eastern Equatoria as the global spotlight remains on Covid-19
Source link UNMISS peacekeepers are tackling the old enemy malaria in Eastern Equatoria as the global spotlight remains on Covid-19