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MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders

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Team of health workers deployed at the border towns of Nimule. (Photo: Mabior Kiir).
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The national Ministry of Health has deployed a technical team of 15 health workers to areas bordering Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor and screen travelers amid the new Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Dr. Victoria Anib Majur, the ministry’s undersecretary said a five-member team is heading to Yambio of Western Equatoria State.

The health personnel include public health officers, lab technicians, case management surveillance officers and infection and preventing control officers.

“The ministry of health is very determined to make sure that there are precautionary measures in place to make sure Ebola doesn’t enter to the country,” said Anib.

“On top of it, we want to send a message to people to adhere with measure by washing hand If any person develops symptoms of fever or suspects any symptoms, he should report it to the nearest health facility.”

Dr. Victoria who spoke to reporters upon the departure of the doctors from Juba Airport, revealed that the ministry has also dispatched similar five-member team to Yei and another to Nimule.

Team of specialists deployed in Yei to conduct surveillance on Ebola Virus Disease. (Mabior Kiir).
She said the health professionals will launch precautionary measures center to monitor suspect Ebola cases.

On Tuesday, health authorities in Uganda declared an outbreak of Ebola after a case of the rare Sudan strain was confirmed in Mubende district in the central part of the country.

So far, 31 confirmed and suspected cases, and 19 deaths have been reported by Uganda’s health ministryOn Friday, President Kiir’s cabinet meeting allocated 500,000 US dollars as funds for mitigation and prevention of Ebola following reported outbreak of the virus in Uganda early this week.

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Mundri West school welcomes back 5 pregnant

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A school in Mundri West County has resolved to allow back five pregnant primary eight candidates to continue attending classes until they sit for the nationwide exams.

The expectant pupils of Seventh Day Adventist primary school are aged between 14 and 17.

They had returned from holidays – when the school administration took them for pregnancy tests.

This was after it realized that the pupils often fell asleep while in classrooms and they showed pregnancy signs.

They all tested positive for pregnancy.

“One of them denied that she was pregnant, which forced the school administration to subject them to tests,” said Mashir Agree, the Education Director for Mundri West County.

“After several signs of pregnancy appeared, such as sleeping in the classroom, especially after their return from vacation. After the examination, which included eight students, two of them left school after the test results.”

Mashir said the school administration wanted to send them home, according to the school regulations.

But the parents protested saying, they already paid fees for their daughters and demanded that they continue to prepare for the upcoming final exams.

In 2020, authorities in defunct Maridi State revealed that five girls were forced to terminate their studies after they got pregnant while in school.

According to a State of Adolescents and Youth Report in 2020, three out of ten girls became mothers in South Sudan

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Chickenpox cases detected at overcrowded Wau prison

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Six inmates at the Wau Main Prison in Western Bahr el Ghazal State have been diagnosed with chickenpox, a senior prisons officer said.

Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection causing an itchy, blister-like rash on the skin. It is highly contagious to those who haven’t had the disease or been vaccinated against it.

“We have six cases of chickenpox, including one case at the Juvenile Center,” Major General George Gabriel Gilo, Director of Wau Main Prison, told Radio Tamazuj on Wednesday.

Gilo attributed the problem to a lack of sanitation due to the overcrowding of prisoners in Wau Central Prison.

“The prison is overcrowded, and as I speak to you now, the facility hosts 776 inmates, and cells are not enough. So it is very difficult to isolate the infected inmates,” Gilo said.

“I have managed to isolate six people diagnosed with tuberculosis, but with this skin disease, we have not done the isolation. We conducted some awareness last week and agreed that those with chickenpox should maintain social distancing,” he said.

“The main challenge facing us inside the prison here is that we don’t have a sewage tanker. Two weeks ago, the latrines got full and overflowed and it was a problem, especially accessibility by those who have been leg cuffed,” he said.

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Mayom County receives over 3,000 anthrax vaccine doses

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Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF), an International Non-Governmental Organization, last week started rolling out 3,400 anthrax vaccine doses for cattle and other livestock in Mayom County in Unity State, a state official said.

Johnson Bol, the director general of the ministry of animal resources and fisheries in Unity State, confirmed receipt of the vaccines and said the vaccination campaign targets over 8,450 livestock.

“We have started a plan for a livestock vaccination campaign for the next year in June 2023 to vaccinate animals against anthrax,” he said. “As you have heard, flooding affected animals in Mayom County and anthrax broke out five months ago and it was confirmed by the state ministry of health through the national laboratory. So, there is a need to vaccinate animals against anthrax.”

Meanwhile, Francis Kamau, VSF’s emergency response officer, said they plan to vaccinate cattle and other livestock including sheep and goats.

“What we have donated is anthrax vaccines and medicine for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), black quarter, and hemorrhagic septicemia,” he said. “These vaccines are for animals and small ruminants”

Kamau however advised the public not to consume meat from dead animals due to the ongoing infection.

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis. It occurs naturally in soil and commonly affects domestic and wild animals.

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