South Sudan On High Alert Over Ebola
The Ministry of Health in the government of the Republic South Sudan has issued a warning to the general public to report any associated symptoms of Ebola following an outbreak of the diseases in the neighbouring country of Uganda.
Dr. Micheal Milly Hussein, minister of Health observed that though no cases of Ebola has been registered in line with the warning; he said the country’s proximity with Uganda could pose a serious threat to importation of the disease across the borders.
“Although the mid western district of Kibaale is closer to Democratic Republic of Congo than to South Sudan, all precautionary measures must be taken by the general public and by all health workers in the country”, cautioned Dr. Hussein.
Uganda in the last three weeks has reported to have registered the outbreak of the deadly disease in its western district of Kibaale. 16 people have died including a clinical officer who passed on after being referred to Mulago, the main referral hospital in the country.
176 cases are being investigated.
Ebola a highly infectious disease and with no vaccines for its treatment presents symptoms of high fever, vomiting, passing of blood through body openings, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, measles-like rash, red eyes among others.
Dr. Hussein outlined direct physical contact with blood fluids like saliva, vomit, urine, vaginal secretions and sweat from infected person been some of the media of passing the virus to others.
He warned people against cultural traditions of handling dead bodies of persons who die presenting signs of the disease. He called on the general public to report suspected cases immediately to the nearest health centres for screening.
He urged the general public to call the following numbers to reported suspected cases.
The Undersecretary of Ministry of Health RSS. Dr. Makur Matar Kariom. +211 955 000 400.
Director General of Preventive Medicine Dr. Samson Baba +211 955 169 303
Southern Sudan as part of Sudan registered two cases of Ebola in 1976 and 2004 in the Western Equatorial State town of Yambio.
Dr Hussein called on the general public to remain calm as the ministry and other partners work to ensure that any cases are detected and dealt with promptly.
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Updated on 2013-05-09 09:25
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