Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): Preparedness for South Sudan Update #31 (7 April 2019)

1. Highlights

The EVD phase #2 contingency plan that will support the EVD preparedness activities for the next six months has been approved by the NTF.

Since the launching of vaccination on 28 January 2019, a total of 1, 706 health care and frontline workers received Ebola vaccination in Yei State River, Gbudue State and Nimule/Torit State. The vaccination exercise completed in Yambio and Yei and is ongoing in Nimule area and will be extended to other high risk areas.

A suspected EVD alert was reported in Ezo County, Tambura State. Accordingly, the State Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployed to investigate and collect sample. The results for GenXpert and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) were negative for Ebola virus disease. The GeneXpert and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tested negative.

So far, 43 EVD alerts received, of these, 24 investigated and met case definitions and tested negative for EVD.

Four (4) EVD ambulances officially handed over to partners (WVSS, AAHI, CORDAID and IMC) on Monday, 1 April 2019.

30 health care workers from police and military hospitals trained by International Medical Corps on basic infection prevention and control and screening in Juba.

World Vision South Sudan in Yambio and Action Africa Help International in Yei equipped the isolation units.

Source: World Health Organization