To strengthen capacities to detect, investigate and respond to suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD), WHO has supported the Ministry of Health to deploy a multidisciplinary team of epidemiologists, clinicians and health workers. Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Risk Communication Experts in Morobo and Yei River Counties of Central Equatoria State to strengthen coordination, surveillance, IPC and communication activities of risks for the prevention, detection, investigation and response to a threat of cross-border spread of the EVD epidemic.
During the mission, the team implemented several priority EVD epidemic preparedness activities, including the reactivation of the emergency response coordination working group, the reconstitution and training of the rapid response teams of the county, conducting risk communication, social mobilization and community engagement activities and galvanizing community support for prevention. Visits to health facilities were also carried out to strengthen capacities for detection of EVD cases and notification of infection prevention and control.
In addition, the team also conducted a full-day tabletop exercise and a half-day of personal protective equipment donning and doffing exercises for County Rapid Response Teams. The exercise aimed to improve the operational readiness of rapid response teams by familiarizing participants with EVD standard operating procedures on the activation, deployment and field investigation procedures of rapid response teams. It also allowed participants to assess current capacities and resources for rapid deployment in response to any suspected EVD case.
The expertise engaged in the tabletop simulation exercise included epidemiologists, surveillance officers, physicians, clinical officers and nurses, laboratory experts, communication and social mobilization officers, psychosocial support experts. , data managers, infection prevention and control experts, veterinary officer, environmental officer, reproductive health experts, midwives and members of safe and dignified burial teams.
Mr. Yona Kenyi, State Surveillance Officer, Central Equatoria State Ministry of Health, said the ongoing transmission of EVD in DRC is putting South Sudan at risk and we must remain alert and ready to respond to any potential case of EVD.
“Although no case of Ebola has been confirmed in South Sudan, a suspected case of Ebola was investigated in Yambio and tested negative for Ebola and Marburg viruses at the suite of tests performed at the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), ”Mr. Yona said. “We must start working with our partners, mobilize the necessary resources and remain ready to detect, report, investigate and respond to any suspicious cases and deaths.”
Dr Fabian Ndenzako, WHO Representative for South Sudan, said: “WHO has started to develop a response plan and mobilize resources to ensure the implementation of priority preparedness and preparedness activities. required ”. “This week, WHO replenished the Ministry of Health’s stock of Ebola test kits in the NPHL, improving countries’ preparedness for Ebola confirmation.” Dr Ndenzako also reiterated WHO’s commitment to support the strengthening of national capacities for preparedness, surveillance and response in order to safeguard national and international health security.
Since the EVD epidemic was declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Ministry of Health, with technical and logistical support from WHO and its partners, has been strengthening preparedness and preparedness capacities for the response in high-risk counties of Morobo and Yei River of Central State of Equatoria. The counties share direct borders with the province of North Kivu.
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