Thursday Dec 15, 201110:08 AM GMT
Diseases kill 50 more Somali children
Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:11AM
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A paramedic attends to internally displaced children suffering from cholera inside a ward at Banadir hospital in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, August 18, 2011.
At least 50 more Somali children have died and nearly 580 others hospitalized due to diseases in the famine-stricken African country, Press TV reports.

The 50 children lost their lives in the past 12 hours in refugee camps while 578 others were hospitalized after cholera and malaria broke in the refugee camps between Mogadishu and Afgoye.

Doctors in medical centers confirmed the figures, saying the 50 children were less than six years of age and the other 578 are in critical conditions as there are not enough medicines in the refugee camps.

A combination of poor sanitation conditions, scarcity of safe, clean drinking water and overcrowding has led to the spread of waterborne diseases in the capital Mogadishu.

Drought and famine have affected millions of people across Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

Somalia has been the hardest-hit country in what is being described as the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in 60 years.

According to the United Nations, a quarter of Somalia's 9.9 million population are either internally displaced or living outside the country as refugees.

The UN has declared famine in five regions of Somalia and says that the international humanitarian response to the crisis has been insufficient.


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