South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and the UN have launched a vaccination exercise to vaccinate 144,033 people against cholera in Renk County.
The first round of the vaccination will be conducted from November 18th to 23rd while the second round is slated for December 9th to 13th.
World Health Representative to South Sudan, Olushayo Olu in a statement said: “The oral cholera vaccination provides protection to the vulnerable populations during the period when access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene are inadequate in cholera hotspots.”
Renk was one of the places affected in South Sudan’s worst cholera outbreak which occurred from June 2016 to December 2017.
Another outbreak was declared in September with 279 cases and 8 death confirmed.
World Health Organisation while reporting the recent outbreak said: ”The affected states included the Blue Nile and Sennar bordering Ethiopian and South Sudan respectively. Given the proximity and since returnees from Sudan are streaming into the Renk town, the risk of Cholera Importation to Renk is high.”
A total of 280,033 dosages of vaccines have been secured through the support of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
South Sudan has adopted an approach that includes patients care, case surveillance, communication engagement and risk communication.
Culled from www.thecitizen.co.tz