19 Jan 2019

 

UN On Minimum Alerts Of Spread Of Ebola Into South Sudan

After the continued widespread of pandemic worst Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, UN said it has taken dramatic precaution measures to prevent the disease flow to South Sudan and neighbouring Uganda.

By James Deng Dimo

WAU 13, December 2018 [Gurtong]-
The UN said it has made “a huge number of preparatory steps,” including border-screenings, training health teams and bringing in vaccines for health-workers on the front-lines.

“We all hope that it doesn’t come close to South Sudan, but it’s up to us to be prepared just in case the unlikely thing happens,” David Shearer, the head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan.

He added that the outbreak is “still not completely under control,” but there’s no indication it’s an immediate threat to South Sudan. The outbreak comes as the country is emerging from five years of civil war.

In August this year, neighbouring Uganda opened a number of treatment centers along the border to help contain the outbreak while South Sudan also set up emergency response teams and centers across the DRC border in Western Equatoria State.

According to the World Health Organization, more than one million refugees and internally displaced people are in North Kivu and Ituri, and they pose a potential risk factor for the spread of Ebola.

The disease spreads through contact with bodily fluids and causes haemorrhagic fever, severe vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding according to medical experts.

The current Congolese outbreak is the country’s 10th since 1976 and is the worst since the West African outbreak that killed nearly 11,000people 2014 and 2016, while since August this year, the death numberrecords reached 300 people.
 

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