Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness for South Sudan Update #30 (30 March 2019)

1. Highlights

As of 31 March 2019, a total of 1, 668 healthcare and frontline workers have been vaccinated (935 in Gbudwe and Tambura, 626 in Yei River and 107 in Nimule). The vaccination in Torit and Jubek is scheduled to start on 22 April 2019.

Three EVD alerts were reported, two from Juba and one from Ezo. The GeneXpert analysis for the three and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results for the two Ebola alerts tested negative.

The requirement and the design for burial site finalized and shared with the National Task Force and the Incidence Manager.

Four ambulances for EVD preparedness arrived on 24 March 2019.

New border health and point of entry screening site established in Khor Khaya/Busia.

2. Ebola Situation update from North Kivu of Democratic Republic of Congo

As of 27 March 2019, a total of 1, 044 (including 66 probable) cases of EVD have been reported.

Of these, there were 652 deaths (CFR of 63%).

In the past 21 days 13 health zones reported most of the new cases.

3. Public Health Preparedness and Readiness 3.1 Coordination

National taskforce meeting was held on 28 March 2019 at the PHEOC in Juba. The meeting minutes with action points were shared for follow-up and implementation.

State Task Force meetings also took place in Yei, Yambio, Jubek, and Nimule. The meeting minutes and action points were also shared with the TWGs for follow-up and implementation.

3.2 Resource mobilization

The National EVD Task Force has mobilized $12.5 million out of $16.3 million from donors and other partner agencies (76.7% of planned budget).

Additional $3.7 million is required to support priority activities for the coming six months.

The six months EVD contingency plan #2 and resource mobilization is being finalized.

3.3 EPI/Surveillance and Laboratory

The vehicle requested by MOH for the RRT has been linked to EOC.

Community based surveillance implementation planning is ongoing.

Three EVD alerts were reported, two from Juba and one from Ezo. The GeneXpert analysis for the three and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) results for the two Ebola alerts tested negative.

3.4 Port Health and Screening

A new site established in Khor Khaya/Busia.

The second assessment to Lasu was conducted on 18 March 2019 and the report was submitted to Yei STF on the 26 March 2019.

Source: Government of the Republic of South Sudan