Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Update 12 (18 – 24 March 2019)

WEEKLY OVERVIEW

New Point of Entry (PoE) site at Khor Kaya/ Busia started full screening operations of inbound travelers to South Sudan on 21 March

Two health facilities out of five (Morobo and Panyume) have been identified for construction of incinerators and waste pits

A total of 5,581 people were surveyed on arrival to South Sudan between 17 and 23 March

Kerwa Screening Point has been constructed and the PoE operational as of 25 March

HEALTH UPDATES

A total of 13,847 travelers were screened for EVD exposure and symptoms from all ten IOM’s PoE EVD screening sites. A cumulative total of 191,674 inbound travelers to South Sudan have been screened since December 2018. Compared to the previous reporting period, Week 12 recorded an 8.7% increase in total screened due to the operationalization of the new Khor Kaya/Busia screening site. There were a total of 39 non-EVD fever cases in the reporting week, a majority of which (31 cases) came from Bazi, six from Okaba and two from Khor Kaya. All the non-EVD fever cases were referred to the nearest health facilities for follow-up and treatment. There were no alert cases in Week 12.

WASH UPDATES

During the reporting period, IOM completed the construction of Kerwa PoE. Screening activities as well as flow monitoring will commence next week (Week 13). At Berigo PoE (in progress), IOM finalized the construction of two emergency pit latrine stances while the construction of the primary screening is soon to be finalized. In Yei, two handwashing facilities were delivered and installed in Marakonye Primary School and at Gimunu Market Centre, respectively. In addition to the hardware achievements, health and hygiene education continued at IOM’s nine areas of operation, with sessions at schools, markets and water points, reaching approximately 4,803 (2,322 female and 2,486 male) individuals, including 2,874 primary school students.

DTM UPDATES

In Week 12, two new FMPs were opened on the border with the Central African Republic in Yubu and Dingimo, Tambura County. Among the other FMPs, all submitted data in time except for Bazi and Gangura. Based on the available data, 5,581 people were surveyed on arrival to South Sudan between 17 and 23 March. The main regions of departure were Koboko in Uganda (45.2%) and Ituri in the Democratic Republic of Congo (13.8%), while the main counties of destination were Morobo (57.3%), Magwi (14.1%) and Juba (13.7%). 74.4% of respondents were South Sudanese nationals, 19.3% were Ugandan and 6.3% were nationals of other countries.

Source: International Organization for Migration