Government to up surveillance of Monkeypox in three states

Government to up surveillance of Monkeypox in three states

The Ministry of Health plans to set up active surveillance in Eastern Equatoria, Western Equatoria, and Central Equatoria states in order to prevent the influx of Monkeypox.

According to the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a need for extra vigilance even though the country is yet to post cases of monkeypox.

The Chief of Planning and Information in the Ministry of Health, Mabior Kiir Kudior, revealed that the ministry will be sending healthcare workers to the communities where suspected cases of Monkeypox are detected. 

 The Uganda Virus Research Institute tested the samples from the several suspected cases that South Sudan had reported, and they all came back negative.

Mabior said that the country currently can test its samples in Juba at the National Public Health Laboratory in case of the next suspected Monkeypox.

“We are preparing to make sure that should there be any case, the national Public Health Emergency Centre [should be involved],” he said.

On July 31, the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health said Sunday the first case of Monkeypox virus was detected in West Darfur state.

The first case was discovered in a 16-year-old student in the state of West Darfur, according to a statement released on Sunday by the federal ministry of health.  The case was later confirmed by the National Laboratory for Public Health (STAC) in Khartoum.

 According to Montaser Mohamed Osman, Director of the Infectious Disease Outbreak Department at the Federal Ministry of Health, there were 38 suspected cases in the nation, but all of them were negative with the exception of Western Darfur as reported by the Sudan Tribune.

Mabior said that the ministry of health has health workers who were vigilant in all the border points of South Sudan, among them the Juba International Airport, Yambio County in Western Equatoria, Kapoeta in Eastern Equatoria, and Nimule County.

“We have health workers at all the border entry points to ensure that they detect any traveler coming into the country by screening and any case will be referred to the Public Health Emergency Centre for the sample to be tested,” he explained.

The World Health Organization has declared Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of an International Concern (PHEIC).

Since early May 2022, more than 16,000 suspected cases of Monkeypox have been identified in 75 countries.