A South Sudanese girl suffering from cholera is being treated by medics in Juba Teaching Hospital in Juba, May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu
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Patients, including premature babies, have died in South Sudan's main public hospital because it cannot afford fuel to run its generators, an official said Friday.The Director General of Juba Teaching Hospital, Dr. John Chol, told The Associated Press the facility has put most surgical operations on hold after the national currency devalued sharply, raising the cost of fuel last month to 4,400 South Sudanese pounds ($220) from 1,200 South Sudanese pounds (worth $220 at the time) per 200-250 liter drum.Since Christmas Eve, the hospital's maternity and prenatal wards and some other services resumed operations after South Sudan's President Salva Kiir donated fuel which will last those wards one month, Dr. Chol said.
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