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Somalia: Spate of sicknesses hit small town in Puntland

QOL, Somalia Jul 16 2012 (Garowe Online) – At least 40 people are suffering from an outbreak in the town of Qol in Haylaan region of Puntland State of Somalia, Garowe Online reports.

The symptoms of the sickness include chronic diarrhea and excessive vomiting and have led to over 40 people in the small town of Qol seeking medical treatment.

Dr. Adan Mohamed Ali, who is part of the small staff of doctors in Qol, said that the outbreak and the lack of medical services in the town have caused some to seek treatment in Qardo and Garowe.

According to sources, out of the 40 plus people who have been suffering from the symptoms, 6 are in critical condition and have been taken to the nearest cities.

According to Dr. Ali, what caused the new spate is still undetermined but said that the majority of people who have come down with the sickness are pastoralists.

Victims of the sicknesses have been given pain relief medicine but without the root of the problem identified its hard to find a cure, said Dr. Ali, who spoke to Puntland media on Sunday.

Officials from the Puntland Ministry of Health said that they are organizing medical teams to identify the root of the sicknesses in that region and would be stationing teams to assist doctors in the region.

GAROWE ONLINE

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