HC Deb 10 December 1934 vol 296 cc32-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received official intimation of the existence of yellow fever in the Bahr-el-Ghazal Province of the Sudan; and what measures are being taken to prevent the spread of this disease into the East African territories?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

The answer is a long one, and, with the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

I received official information of a case of yellow fever that occurred in the Bahr-el-Ghazal Province of the Sudan in June last.

Measures in excess of those obligatory under the International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation were taken by the Government of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan in co-operation with the Government of Uganda to stop the spread of infection to neighbouring territories. In particular all aerial navigation from any aerodrome in the Bahr-el-Ghazal Province to such territories was prohibited, and aerodromes in the province were closed to all civil aircraft flying within the Sudan. Juba and Malakal were made—and declared—anti-amaryl aerodromes, although there is no reason to believe that yellow fever exists in these districts. The sanitary staff at Wau in the Bahr-el-Ghazal Province was increased in order that every effort should be made to eliminate the mosquito vector. On arrival at any aerodrome in Mongalla Province aircraft were subjected to the measures prescribed under Article 47 of the International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation.

At the request of the Government of Uganda the Sudan Government agreed to subject all aircraft on departure from Juba to the measures prescribed under Article 42 of the Convention.

No further special measures of protection on the part of the Governments of the East African territories under the control of the Colonial Office appear to be necessary.