Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness Update 9 (25 February – 3 March 2019)

WEEKLY OVERVIEW

Active screening remains ongoing in 9 Point of Entry (PoE) sites, with 11,491 travellers screened this reporting week, bringing the cumulative total EVD screenings to date 152,295

Construction of screening sites is ongoing in two locations: Busia and Kerwa. Access and communication challenges in both areas are expected to delay the completion of these sites to week 10 or 11

Screening teams in Okaba, Bazi and Kaya were successfully vaccinated for EVD this week.

The Salia Musala team is slated for vaccination next week

HEALTH UPDATES

11,491 EVD screening cases were reported this week, with 15 non-EVD fever cases reported. Eight of these fever cases were detected in children under age 5. All fever cases were referred to Rodoba primary health care unit. There were no EVD alert cases reported during the week. Construction of a PoE facility in Kerwa, Kajo Keji is ongoing, and training of EVD screeners for Kerwa will be conducted by the end of the coming week. Vaccination of Salia Musala screeners is slated to take place on 6 March.

WASH UPDATES

EVD awareness and handwashing sessions were conducted in Morokonye, Attende, Gimunu, Tokori and the Yei SSRRC, reaching 2,782 individuals. Community engagement in Koya reached 126 individuals, and EVD prevention sessions in four nursery and primary schools reached 423 students. Community health and hygiene promoters continued with EVD awareness activities in Morobo, reaching 1,748 individuals. All 9 active PoEs are equipped with basic WASH services, including handwashing facilities with soap and rapid pit latrines separated by gender. Supply of basic IPC items (including hand sanitizer and disinfectants) is monitored and maintained at all sites.

DTM UPDATES

All six FMPS located near the border with Uganda and four FMPs in Yei County submitted data by 3 March, while Gangura, Bazi and Okaba could not submit in time due to logistical challenges. Based on the available data, 1,708 people were surveyed on arrival to South Sudan between 24 February and 3 March. The main regions of departure were Koboko (17.7%), Lamwo (9.6%) and Moyo (9.5%) in Uganda, while the two main counties of destination were Magwi (25.6% of respondents) and Juba (22.7%). 68% of respondents were South Sudanese nationals and 25% Ugandan.

Source: International Organization for Migration

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