Hundreds of medical staff members staged a sit-in at the Ministry of Health in Nyala on Monday, in protest against the delay of their salaries of February.
“Police forces rushed to the ministry to prevent an escalation, in case we would take to the streets,” a protesting doctor reported to Radio Dabanga.
“A large number of employees discovered that their names disappeared from the payroll after the Ministry of Finance had computerised the salary administration. The ministry has not been able to fix the problem until now.”
March 30 - 2015 EASTERN CHAD
At least 21 children in the Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad died of a mysterious disease last week.
The head of Iridimi refugee camp, near the West Darfur border, told Radio Dabanga that 15 children died of a disease causing fever, vomiting, and breathing difficulties.
In Touloum refugee camp, six children died of the same symptoms, camp head Haidar Gardia reported.
Fevers and other diseases as a result of malnutrition have spread among internally displaced people living near Mashrou Abu Zeid in East Jebel Marra. In addition to that, drinking water is scarce in the area in Darfur.
Villagers of Wadi Barkroi reported to Radio Dabanga that malnutrition is common among the approximately 3,000 displaced people, and that fevers spread quickly. The 201 displaced families in Wadi Ashara, north-east of Mashrou Abu Zeid, witness the same spread of diseases.
87 families, who fled from villages in East Jebel Marra to the Shaddad camp for the displaced, near Shangil Tobaya in Tawila locality, are still living in the open, without assistance.
“They arrived from the villages of Dubo, Falouja, and Sawani, which were attacked by government forces two months ago,” a Shaddad camp resident explained to Radio Dabanga.
“The families are living in the open, without food or cover, until now”, he said, calling on the North Darfur authorities and relief organisations to provide assistance to the newly displaced “as soon as possible”.
A number of people in western Jebel Marra, Central Darfur, died of fever and diarrhoea during the past week.
“In particular the newly displaced are suffering from a bad health,” a listener told Radio Dabanga from the area of Golo.
“Many have died already from contagious fevers and diarrhoea. The most recent case was Maryam Adam Musa, who passed away in Bouri village on Monday. Others are in critical condition.”
He urged the authorities and health organisations to provide health care and medicines to the people in the area “as soon as possible”.