Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Update 11 (11 – 17 March 2019)
Construction of Kerwa and Busia PoE facilities in Kajo Keji and Morobo counties has been completed.
EVD awareness and Health and Hygiene Promotion activities continued at IOM's nine areas of operation, with sessions at schools, markets, and water points, reaching approximately 4,108 individuals.
There were a total of 8 febrile cases recorded in the reporting week, 6 of which came from Bazi PoE and 2 from Kaya PoE.
Okaba, Bazi, Kaya and Salia Musala frontline teams were vaccinated against EVD and a vaccination team from WHO visited these locations to conduct follow-up monitoring of adverse effects following vaccination (AEFV)
Week 11 recorded 12,735 travelers screened for EVD exposure and symptoms from all nine IOM PoE EVD screening sites, making the cumulative total screened to 177,827 inbound travelers to South Sudan. There were a total of 8 febrile cases in the reporting week, 6 of which came from Bazi PoE and 2 from Kaya PoE. All were referred to Rodoba PHCU - an AAH supported facility. There were no alert cases reported during Week 11. A multi-agency re-assessment of access and security of Lasu to establish a screening site is planned to be conducted in Week 12.
In Week 11, EVD awareness and Health and Hygiene Promotion activities continued at IOM's nine areas of operation, with sessions at schools, markets, and water points, reaching approximately 4,108 individuals (1,009 males , 1011 females, 1,086 boys, 1,002 girls). In addition, a training for Health and Hygiene promoters at Salia Musala PoE on EVD awareness and hygiene promition was completed and those trained will start carrying out these activities from 18 March. The selection of Health and Hygiene Promotors at the newly constructed PoE sites in Busia and Kerwa will commence from Week 12.
In Week 11, IOM DTM interviewed 6,105 individuals arriving in South Sudan from Uganda and the DRC. Two FMPs, Tokori and Gangura, were unable to submit in time due to logistical challenges. The main regions of departure were Koboko in Uganda (48.1%) and Ituri in the DRC (27.5%). Three-quarters of respondents (75.1%) were heading to destinations within Morobo County and 9.0% to Juba. The majority were South Sudanese nationals (79.2%).
Following a monitoring and evaluation mission to Morobo, the team has set up a local transport system to enable regular access to network-supported areas, which will facilitate regular data uploads.
Source: International Organization for Migration