Tuesday, July 23, 2024

‘High Biohazard Risk’ in Sudan After Laboratory Seized, WHO Says

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Fidel Rahmati
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On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation warned that Khartoum faces a “high risk of biological hazard” due to one of Sudan’s warring sides seizing a lab with dangerous chemicals like cholera, measles germs and other hazardous materials.

In Geneva, Nima Saeed Abid of the WHO reported that technicians could not enter the National Public Health Laboratory to secure the items.

“This is the main concern — no accessibility to the lab technicians to go to the lab and safely contain the biological material and substances available,” he said.

The conflict broke out on April 15 between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces; since then, at least 459 people have been killed and more than 4,000 injured.

Since the beginning of the conflict, most countries, including the US, and the UK, have evacuated their diplomats from the country and shut down their diplomatic missions.

Due to intense fighting, even OCHA, the UN’s humanitarian office, has been forced to cut back on some of its humanitarian activities in the country.

The organization suspended their activities after its five aid workers were killed since fighting broke out.

“In areas where intense fighting has hampered our humanitarian operations, we have been forced to reduce our footprint,” said Jens Laerke, spokesman for OCHA. “But we are committed to continuing to deliver for the people of Sudan.”

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