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Sudan PM: Government stands by Kassala in the face of Chikungunya fever

Moataz Moussa, the Prime Minister of Sudan, seen in 2015 in his then role as the Minister of Water and Electricity [File photo]

Sudanese Prime Minister Moataz Moussa said yesterday that the federal government will provide all support necessary to the state of Kassala until the Chikungunya fever outbreak is tackled.

Speaking in Kassala yesterday, Moussa said his visit was an effort to inspect the health conditions in the state and provide the required support, stressing on the need to integrate efforts made by the federal government and the state government to eliminate the disease.

The prime minister said that efforts to eliminate the mosquitoes that spread the disease are intensive and airplanes have been spraying pesticides to eradicate them.

Local media quoted Kassala Governor, Adam Jama’a, as saying that the number of cases of Chikungunya fever has reached 10,935, however he denied that anyone has died of the disease.

Activists have however said 90,000 people have been infected and some have died as a result. They have called for a state of emergency to be declared in Kassala.

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