“Illness is as deadly as war” in South Sudan: Aid agencies

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Juba, April 19, 2019 (SSNA) — Diseases are as deadly as the ongoing civil war in South Sudan, humanitarian organizations said.

The report comes as aid groups operating in the northern part of the country witnessed an increase in the death of people, especially children.

The Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which operates in Upper Nile region states that malaria, acute watery diarrhea, and respiratory infections are the leading cause of death.

The agency says people in Upper Nile region are the ones suffering from the diseases because they are far away from well-established hospitals or clinics. They also explained that people walk at least three days to reach to areas where they can get better treatment for their children or themselves.

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