Somalia: Spate of sicknesses hit small town in Puntland
Jul 16, 2012 - 12:59:24 PM
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
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
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.