Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Update 15 (8 – 14 April 2019)

WEEKLY OVERVIEW

A new FMP was opened in Lutaya (Yei County), bringing the total number of EVD-related FMPs within South Sudan to 14. Six additional FMPs are operated in cooperation with DTM Uganda on the Ugandan side of the border due to access issues on the South Sudanese side.

A field mission was carried out in Yambio County to scope potential new FMP locations, provide the enumerators in Gangura with refresher training and improve arrangements for data upload.

Installation of incinerators and waste pits for medical waste management is ongoing at Morobo and Panyume Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC).

Two new POE screening sites established in Lasu and Birigo were officially opened and have started screening activities on the reporting period, making the total active IOM-supported PoE screening sites at 13.

HEALTH UPDATES

Thirteen IOM supported screening sites recorded a total of 19,267 inbound travelers to South Sudan who were screened for EVD exposure and symptoms from the active IOM supported PoE EVD screening sites. There were 40 travelers detected with non-EVD fever from Kaya, Okaba, Bazi and Khor-Kaya (Busia) PoEs. After retaking the temperatures at the secondary screening sites, 11 cases recorded normal temperatures. The remaining 29 fever cases, (21 from Bazi, 4 from Kaya, 3 from Khor Kaya and 1 from Okaba) were all tested and treated for malaria at Rodoba PHCU, Kaya PHCC and Morobo PHCU.

There were no alert cases reported during the week.

WASH UPDATES

During the reporting period, IOM continued hygiene promotion activities in and around the PoE sites (Yei SSRRC screening point, Pure, Morobo, Khorijo, Kaya, Gimunu, Tokori, Marakonye, Attende and Salia-Musala, Busia (Khor-Kaya), Kerwa, Bazi, and Berigo). Hygiene promotion sessions at schools, markets and water points, reaching approximately 8,061 (1,831 females, 1,968 males, 1,984 girls, and 2,278 boys).

DTM UPDATES

Sixteen FMPs (including the six operated in cooperation with DTM Uganda) were able to submit data for 7-13 April on time.

However, data from Gangura (Yambio County) was excluded from the weekly update due to the piloting of an improved questionnaire, which will be rolled out to the other FMPs over the following weeks. In addition, traffic at the Panjala-Nimule border crossing was reportedly halted between 11-14 April as a result of a strike by boat owners.

Based on available data, 2,492 people were surveyed on arrival to South Sudan between 7-13 April. The main regions of departure were Koboko (27.0% of respondents), Adjumani (7.7%) and Yumbe (7.5%) in Uganda. 26.2% of respondents reported going to Morobo County, followed by 22.6% to Juba County and 19.4% to Magwi County. 67.9% of respondents reported being South Sudanese nationals, followed by 23.6% with Ugandan nationality.

Source: International Organization for Migration