This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
Hon. Paska Hifita Oduho, State Humanitarian Sub-Committee chairperson said six cluster sites of the IDP camps in Nimule have poor hygiene and sanitation facilities as there are no safer places to defecate in. The IDPs have asked the host communities to help share with them their latrines.
Hon. Hifita also noted that water sources for domestic use by all the affected groups are inadequate, forcing the IDPs to drink from Unyama River.
According to the report, there is high risk of contracting water and air borne diseases. There are already cases of watery diarrhea and measles in the camps.
The Committee says all the IDPs and indigenous people now depend on the only health facility, Nimule County Hospital.
Since the start of the political crisis, the number of patients received per day has risen three times the normal level and this could not be easily managed by the only two doctors at the facility.
Hon. Hifita, who is also the state Gender, Culture and Social Development Minister has affirmed her government’s commitment to ensure basic needs reach the IDPs with the support of partners.
Many of the IDPs are currently overcrowded in Torit and Magwi counties and are in dire need of attention from government and UN Agencies according to state officials.