Malaria kills two children in Aweil West

Two children have succumbed to malaria disease in Aweil West County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, this month, a health official has said.

According to the deputy director of Nyamlel Hospital, the unnamed deceased were aged three and two.

The cases come weeks after about 2,000 malaria cases were in the county.

“We tried our best to rescue their lives but we failed because the cases were severe; they had reached a level beyond our capacity,” said Lual Khamis, director.

He revealed that the health facility records about 80 cases of malaria a day, most of whom are children under the age five.

Khamis advised the general public to clear the bush around their homesteads to keep mosquitos away. He also said children should be kept under mosquito nets shortly after the sunset to avoid mosquito bite.

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness.

In 2022, three countries in the African Region (Ethiopia: +1.3 million; Nigeria: + 1.3 million; and Uganda: + 597 000) bore the brunt of the global malaria case increases. In 2022, 95% of all malaria deaths (580 000) were in the WHO African Region, compared to 593 000 cases in 2021.