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Refugees suffer disease outbreaks in Tanzania

From ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – AN outbreak of diseases has struck Tanzanian camps housing refugees fleeing strife in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Some 184 new arrivals composed of 99 Burundian and 85 Congolese asylum seekers have entered the East African country in the past week as their crises in their countries peak.
Of the arrivals, 106 were males and 78 females.
This has coincided with a spike in disease, the International office of Migration (IOM) said.
According to the agency the top five medical conditions at the Nyarugusu and Nduta refugee camps are malaria, skin infections, upper respiratory tract infection, HIV and mental disorder.
Additionally, this past week, there have been seven pregnant women at different gestational age who require ante-natal, intra-natal and post-natal care among the new arrivals.
Since May 2015, IOM has been providing safe and dignified transportation to persons fleeing the crisis in Burundi and entering Tanzania through various entry points along the border between the two countries mainly in Kasulu, Kibondo, and Ngara districts.
This follows the conflict triggered by President Pierre Nkurunziza clinging to power at the lapse of his term.
A similar scenario in DRC saw President Joseph Kabila stay on at the end of his term in 2006.

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