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Weekly Update on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Preparedness for South Sudan Update #46 (30 July 2019)

Government of the Republic of South Sudan, (2019)


Five Ebola alerts were reported from 19 – 25 July. Rapid response teams were deployed for case investigation and sample collection. GenXpert and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test results were negative for the two samples that met case definition. The Hon. Minister for Health and WHO Representative made a press statement at South Sudan Broadcasting Cooperation (SSBC) to dispel rumors and misinformation circulating following an EVD alert reported in Juba that created lot of panic. A lot of rumors were generated on social media. Two linked drills for National Rapid response team and case management teams were conducted in Juba on 26 July. The drills tested the functions of alert notification, Rapid Response Team activation, deployment, case investigation and transfer of a patient, triage and admission and isolation unit. The purpose of these simulation exercises were to the operational readiness of the RRT and the Case management team. Similar Drills will be conducted in Nimule, Yei, Maridi and Yambio in August One hundred and eighty (180) frontline health workers were vaccinated against EVD in Yei River state. The cumulative number of front-line health care workers in South Sudan is 2,973.
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Strategic Response Plan for the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in the Provinces of North Kivu and Iture (February - July 2019)

Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Health Organization, (2019)


Since the beginning of December a significant increase in the incidence of new cases has been observed particularly along the corridor towards the large urban center of Butembo (health zones of Butembo and Katwa) and beyond in the zone of Kayna health center located about 150 km from Goma. In addition, active outbreaks have emerged to the north, particularly in the health zones of Komanda and Oicha. The third strategic response plan (SRP-3), which covers February through end July 2019, considers the salient points and recommendations made during the operational review of the implementation of the SRP-2 and other guidance based on lessons learned and risk analysis.
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Plan National de Riposte contre l’épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola dans les provinces du Nord Kivu et de l'Ituri - République Démocratique du Congo (février – juillet 2019)

Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Health Organization, (2019)


Cependant depuis le début du mois de décembre, une augmentation importante de l’incidence des nouveaux cas est observée particulièrement le long du corridor vers le grand centre urbain de Butembo (zones de santé de Butembo et Katwa) et au-delà dans la zone de santé de Kayna située à environ 150 km de Goma. Par ailleurs, des foyers actifs ont émergé vers le nord notamment dans les zones de santé de Komanda et Oicha.
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Ebola Virus Disease Readiness Implementation Progress Report WCO Uganda August –October 2018

World Health Organization WHO, Regional Office for Africa, (2019)


Risk of spill-over of EVD to Uganda has been categorised as very high. On 28 September 2018, WHO elevated the risk at the regional level which includes Uganda from ‘high’ to ‘very high’. Uganda has a very long and largely porous border with the DRC. High population movements across the borders occur for various reason including for trade, social activities and services and asylum. There are cross-border markets in several border districts in Uganda and DRC that involve thousands of people crossing into and out of DRC and Uganda for trade purposes several days in a week.
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WHO and Uganda Red Cross society sign agreement to strengthen Ebola screening at Points of Entry

World Health Organization WHO, Regional Office for Africa, (2019)


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Uganda Red Cross Society today signed an agreement to strengthen the screening of travellers at 25 points of entry in eight districts on the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The support will also go towards training 229 frontline health workers and volunteers on infection prevention and control.
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