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South Sudan intensifies Ebola prevention measures as outbreak reported in neighboring Uganda



Minister of Health, Yolanda Awel Deng Juach (L) and Victoria Anib Majur, Undersecretary of Ministry of Health at Juba International during reception of the minister on Monday 9th May 2022 [Photo by Sudans Post]
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JUBA – South Sudan’s ministry of health said it is putting in place measures to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus after a case was reported in neighboring Sudan. Speaking to reporters during a press conference in Juba on Tuesday, Undersecretary of Health Ministry Dr. Victoria Anib Majur said the ministry will deploy a task force to the border points of Yambio, and Nimule to deter and prevent an outbreak of Ebola.

“We have taken some steps, from tomorrow, two teams will be deployed to border towns of Yambio and Nimule so that they are able to do the assessment given the fact that they are in the border,” Anib told reporters in Juba on Tuesday.

Anib said the ministry will work with partners to strengthen preparedness in case of the spread of the virus in the country.

“In the next few days, we will be looking at other borders. We will be working with our partners like UNICEF to do health promotion and messages on Ebola virus disease.”

She urged the public to be vigilant and report any suspected cases to health workers for immediate attention.

“The citizens should on alert and most importantly those at border point should watch out and if there is any suspected case of someone with fever or bleeding or any symptoms, they need to report to the nearest health facility,” she said.

Dr. Fabian Ndenzako, County Representative of the World Health Organization in South Sudan said the WHO in partnership with Heath Ministry has activated Incident System for Ebola Virus.

“We have activated the incident system for Ebola virus disease following the outbreak declaration of Ebola in our neighboring country of Uganda today,” Dr. Ndenzako said.

“This is a very important step for us in South Sudan being a neighboring country to Uganda and with a lot of moments across the border.”

Ndenzako disclosed that a multi-sectorial task force has been set up to strengthen deterrent measures in place.

“With this activation, it means all the pillars of response will be really working and all the teams that are involved are working hard to make sure that we prepare toward response,” he said.

Health officials in Uganda on Tuesday confirmed an outbreak of Ebola and one related death in the central district of Mubende, 150 km from the capital Kampala.

The 24-year-old man who died had tested positive for “the relatively rare Sudan strain” of the virus, officials said.

Uganda has been on high alert since the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo declared its 15th Ebola outbreak in.. mid-August.


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MoH deploys Ebola response team at southern borders



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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South Sudanese man arrested in India over drug-related activities



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INDIA – The Indian City Crime Branch (CCB) police on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old South Sudan national who had allegedly sold MDMA to four people in the city in June.

Police were conducting investigations after the arrest of four persons including a woman for carrying MDMA drug weighing 125 grams from Padil here on June 15. They found that a foreign national had sold the banned drug to them.

A case under sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act was registered against the four people at the Cyber, Economic, and Narcotics Crime (CEN) police station here.




The foreign national, identified as Luyel Daniel Justin Boulo alias Danny (25) from Juba, Republic of South Sudan, was arrested from the city on Wednesday, police said.

Boulo’s current address is given as Gunjur Palya, Varthur Hobali, Bengaluru, police said.

He was produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody, they added.



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Government approves funds to fight Ebola



Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Martin Elia Lomuro, speaks o reporters after the cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, 23 September 2022. (Radio Tamazuj)
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South Sudan’s government has approved 500,000 USD as emergency funds in the fight against Ebola following the reported Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Uganda.

Uganda has confirmed seven cases of Ebola as authorities try to track down 43 contacts of known Ebola patients – two days after the East African country announced an outbreak of the contagious disease.

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.

Addressing reporters in Juba on Friday after the cabinet meeting, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro said the ministry of health is ready to control the virus from entering the country.

“The ministry of health has the equipment and the facility and expertise to test and be able to control the disease, and we were told that the ministry is in that position, capable, has the experts and machines,” Elia said.

He revealed that the ministry of finance is ready to release the emergency funds as soon as the paperwork for the payment is ready.

Institutional reforms

Separately, Minister Martin said the cabinet also discussed a strategic plan for the Ministry of Public Service and Human Resource Development.

He revealed that the ministry seeks to introduce reforms in all public institutions. “We should also recognize that the agreement recognizes that these many ministries will be reduced so that we move towards a lean government and that the parastatals, commissions, corporations, whatever these are institutions that run the system, the ministry is now having the task to build institutions to make sure that the country is run by professionals,” Elia said

“There were institutions that we established after the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, and those institutions might have been weak in one way or another, but the policy that was presented by the minister is intended to build institutions in South Sudan,” he added.

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