Gov’t to roll out oral cholera vaccination in flood-affected counties

Dr John Rumunu, Acting Covid-19 Incident Manager, Ministry of Health

By Yiep Joseph

The government through the National Ministry of Health is set to roll out a cholera vaccination drive beginning in Rubkona County, Unity state and later 19 other counties affected by floods across the country.

During the weekly media briefing at the Public Health Emergency Operation Center (EOC) yesterday, John Rumunu, the Acting Covid-19 Incident Manager and Director General for Preventive Health Services, announced that up to 34,250 individuals aged one and half years and above in Rubkona County will be targeted in the vaccination drive that will kick off on January 24, 2022.

“I am happy to inform you that preparations for vaccination in Rubkona area are underway and hopefully the vaccination will start on 24th of January,” Rumunu revealed.

“The total number of population to be vaccinated in Rubkona is around 34,250 individuals targeted within one year and above,” he added.

“We are working with our partners to effect it in cholera hot spot locations, we did an assessment and 20 hot spot areas have been identified and this assessment uses an international classification, we divided the 20 counties into three different categories; category one is high incident and high resistance category, two is high incident and low residence then category three is medium incident and high residence,” he explained.

“The counties in category one are; Juba, Awerial, Yirol East Rubkona, Panyijar, Kapoeta North, and Duk,” he said.

In another development during the weekly briefing where health officials provide updates on Covid-19, Central Equatoria State registered 176 positive cases between 9th and 15th January out of a total of 312 positive cases recorded across the country during the same period.

 This has brought the nationality cumulative tally to 16522 positive cases and 136 deaths registered since the pandemic began.

Dr Rumunu called on the Public to strictly observe all the preventative measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and High-Level Task Force. 

“Therefore, the government urges the public to strictly observe the rules of social distancing and other public health measures declared by the President of the Republic of South Sudan and High-level Task Force,” he said.

“Report any suspected case to the nearest facility or call 6666, continue to observe the instruction of the health authorities particularly washing hands regularly with water and shop; maintaining physical distance from other people (at least keep 2 meters (6 feet distance between two individuals) and mandatory face-mask or clothe face coverings in public,” he added.

Meanwhile, Dr Brendan Dineen, World Health Organization (WHO) Covax coordinator for South Sudan, appreciated the High-Level Taskforce for recommending mass vaccines roll out in various universities in the country.

He reaffirmed WHO’s readiness to provide necessary facilities to ensure that university students and lecturers receive vaccines as per university request. 

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