UK to send maggots to war zones in South Sudan to help treat wounds

Maggots… Photo: Live Science

Juba, January 16, 2019 (SSNA) — The government of the United Kingdom through its Department for International Development (DFID) will fund international war zones to use maggots to help clean infected wounds, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.

The UK says it will be sending maggots to war zones in countries lacking adequate medical supplies and trained personnel and that South Sudan and Syria are the first two nations to receive such funding.

DFID, the UK government-run agency states that the project would be used to treat at least 250 wounds a day in countries South Sudan and Syrian. The agency notices that people living in conflict zones can easily die or lose their limbs after developing secondary infections after normal surgeries.

The United Kingdom states that maggots were used during American civil war and World War One and that a lot of soldiers were saved because of maggots’ use.

South Sudan’s health care system is seriously underdeveloped. The seven-year-old young nation is heavily depending on a few hospitals, health centers, and clinics most of which were built by the United Nations and humanitarian groups.

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