JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday
that it has stepped up Ebola surveillance following an outbreak
of the deadly virus in its southern neighbor, the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC).
Health Minister Riek
Gai Kok told reporters that the government has teamed up with
partners to strengthen disease surveillance in key entry points
and border areas shared with the DRC.
He said the
government has formed a national response team composed of the
World Health Organization (WHO) and other aid organizations to
draft an emergency response plan to respond to any suspected
case of Ebola in the war-torn East African nation.
Despite the ongoing
insecurity that has engulfed South Sudan since 2013, Kok said
the country is prepared to tackle any outbreak with the support
of aid organizations.
Evans Liyosi, WHO
representative in South Sudan, said South Sudan is close to DRC
from where the latest transmission is occurring, therefore it is
crucial to get prepared before disaster hits.
He said monetary
support is needed to help the war-torn country improve its
existing health infrastructure in order to strengthen its
response health emergencies.
According to the
WHO, Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness
for humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals
and spreads in the human population through human-to-human