A child has died from severe anaemia after 9 cases were registered in just one week at Nyamlel Primary Health Care Center in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.
Anaemia is a condition caused by a lack of enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. Symptoms may include fatigue, skin pallor, shortness of breath, light-headedness, dizziness, or a fast heartbeat.
According to Lual Khamis Lual, an administrator at Nyamlel Primary Health Care Center in Aweil West County, the anaemic cases were detected among children under 5 years.
“We are facing lots of issues this season; since last week up today, we have received 9 children with severe anaemia. They delayed at home, and when they arrived here, we transferred them to the State hospital, and we lost one child among the 9,” he reported.
In children, doctors say the condition results from an inherited or genetic condition that affects how red blood cells form or function. Iron-deficiency anaemia in infants and young children is usually linked to diet due to a delay in introducing iron-fortified foods or iron supplements. Food allergies and other feeding difficulties can also contribute to the condition.
Mr. Lual urged parents to take their children to nearby health facilities for immediate treatment.