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Keeping Ebola Out of South Sudan

Without break of Ebola in West Africa and travel as far as US put South Sudan at risk of getting it. God prohibit, but should break out within our border it will wipe us out given that the health facilities are so inadequate and poorly equipped that its struggles to bring to end the outbreak of cholera. Contagious disease such as Ebola would be too much of a disease to handle. Nigeria and other West African countries can’t handle even with all the advancement in medical facilities and medical manpower. South Sudan Airports lack quarantine health facilities to detect and isolate any suspected virus carrier.  Although South Sudan does not have airline that travel as far as West Africa, our neighboring countries have airlines commuting to the affected countries. We have Ethiopian Airline and Kenya Airways, which travel to West Africa and South Sudan as well. Western Africans travel to South Sudan either as official or business trip. The question is how do we protect ourselves from this contagious disease without hurting others? Can government introduce precautious majors to ensure we are safe from Ebola without hurting airlines giving us services in South Sudan? Yes! There is one tool that may work for us. The only tool that can work is to impose compulsory disinfections of arriving planes to do away with any virus that might slip through the planes. Waiting halls should be given regular disinfection.

Members of public also have a role to play in helping keep the virus at bay by keeping watch on oneself, avoiding contact with animals, especially sick ones.

Signs and symptoms:

“Ebolavirus is a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. Ebola first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals”.

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