The United Nations brought $ 2 million to South Sudan to support the Ebola virus (EVD) disease preparedness activities in the country.
Preventative measures against Ebola through EVD activities will be provided to 440,000 people in high-risk areas, mainly in Equatoria, who are restricted in Ebola-hit Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Sudan Tribune reported.
The money will help strengthen surveillance, build case management capabilities, improve laboratory services and the prevention and control of infection in the Western, Central and Eastern Equatoria, according to the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs. T (Ocher).
“The implementation of the preparedness plan continues beyond border areas considered to be at high risk of EVD. These included travelers' admissions screening at selected points, a community-based EVD health and surveillance facility, and community participation, ”said the agency.
“There is also the potential to improve infection prevention and control, case management, and safe and dignified burials. There are nineteen screening points operating nationwide. ”
Yei also has a number of active non-governmental organizations and has already trained and deployed 40 community-based professionals in five communities to sensitise from house to house.
A temporary holding unit was built in Nimule in East Middle Zoning. In the capital Juba, 40 health workers – trained in infection prevention, control, case management and sanitation and hygiene activities – are also mobilized.
56 health facility workers were trained and given cellphones to help with surveillance reporting, Ocha said.
However, despite the preparedness, Ocha is struggling to access areas outside Yei County because of the ongoing insecurity.
On 29 January, the aid partners reported that they had failed to gain humanitarian access to Lasu in Otogo County to receive reports of over 7,000 returns from the DRC, which would require EVD screening.
– African News Agency
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