South Sudan

South Sudan Health Cluster Bulletin #21, 24 May 2014

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  • Health Cluster partners responded to over 400 cases of cholera in Juba, South Sudan.

  • A total of 5,450 people were vaccinated in the second round of the oral cholera vaccine (OCV) in Bor POC and humanitarian community.

  • A total of 29,677 people have been vaccinated in the first round of the oral cholera vaccine in PoC 1 and PoC 2 areas in Bentiu.

  • Health Cluster partners have reached a total of 1,160,237 people with various medical interventions since 15 December 2013.

Situation Update

  • The Ministry of Health officially declared an outbreak of cholera in Juba, South Sudan on 15 May 2014. Since then over 400 cases of cholera have been reported in the suburbs of Juba with 14 deaths (7 community and 7 institutional). Forty five (45) cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) were reported in Kaka military barracks including 11 deaths, and 27 AWD cases reported in Panyagor military barracks with three deaths. Increasing AWD cases were also reported from Owiny Kibul, Esidu on Juba-Nimule road and in Luri. To date 6 cases have tested positive for vibrio cholera by culture at AMREF Laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • The security situation in the country was relatively calm, with limited reports of clashes from most parts of the country. Given the calm security situation in Bentiu and Rubkona, the new arrivals to the Protection of Civilians (PoC) areas are increasingly from adjacent counties. Cluster Partners have continued providing life saving interventions to all people displaced in IDP camps and host communities including oral cholera vaccination and mass measles campaigns in Bentiu and Bor, and surgery for patients with gunshot wounds in Bentiu.