South Sudan declares new cholera outbreak
So far, 31 instances, including one fatality, have been documented from Rubkona town and the Bentiu IDP camp, according to the study.
According to the ministry, the confirmed patients had watery diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration and were treated and handled at MSF Bentiu protection of civilians (PoC) hospital, with all cases being released.
On April 14, the ministry announced a confirmed case of cholera from the Bentiu IDP camp, the first cholera case identified in South Sudan after the disastrous cholera epidemic in 2017, which affected over 28,000 people and resulted in 644 fatalities.
Following the confirmation of the first case on April 14, the ministry said it has assigned a quick response team with partner assistance from April 22 to 29 to examine the reasons and support the state-level response. In addition, sufficient supplies have been dispatched to aid in the investigation and treatment of patients in Rubkona county.
According to the ministry, the government performed two rounds of oral cholera immunization in Rubkona county in January and March, with the help of its partners.
“On April 14, the ministry of health created a national and a state cholera task force to coordinate all response initiatives and increase monitoring in IDP camps and at community levels,” it stated.
According to the government, the danger of cholera is normally greatest during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October.
Over the past several years, the nation has been hit by severe floods that have displaced over a million people, mostly women and children, from their homes, livelihoods, and social services.