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Monkeypox Cases Surge in Sudan

FILE - Test tubes labelled "Monkeypox virus positive" May 22, 2022.

With cases of monkeypox rising in Sudan, health authorities say they will be working with humanitarian groups to adequately respond to the surge.

For more on Sudan’s response to the nationwide surge of monkeypox cases, VOA’s Nabeel Biajo spoke with Laila Hamad el-Nil, the director of Infectious Diseases under the Ministry of Health.

The interview was edited for brevity and clarity.

VOA: How many Monkeypox cases have been confirmed in Sudan?

el-Nil: Sudan has 16 confirmed cases, of which eight are in west Darfur and two in Khartoum.

VOA: What have you been able to establish regarding the origin of the Monkeypox cases in Sudan?

el-Nil: From all the reported cases, 13 cases are locals who have not travelled outside the country.

VOA: Are some the reported cases from Um Rakuba resulting from Ethiopian refugees?

el-Nil: Yes

VOA: What is the Ministry of Health and its partners doing to respond to the Monkeypox outbreak?

el-Nil: We have meetings at least three times a week with partners such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières and other non-governmental organizations.

We are working together on several programs such as, contact tracing within communities, reporting and capturing cases which are reported to the Ministry of Health.