EU gives South Sudan €1.2 millions to fight Ebola virus

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June 18th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The European Union (EU) has pledged €1.2 million to South Sudan in an effort to stem the spread of the pandemic virus across South Sudan’s neighboring countries, where the World Health Organization documented suspected cases of Ebola pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the European Union, the emergency funding will go towards responding and strengthening the disease surveillance in the country.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and EU Ebola Coordinator, said the continental body is doing its best to ensure that lives are saved and further Ebola infections are stopped.

We are doing all we can to save lives and stop further Ebola cases. Today, our main task is not only to help the Democratic Republic of Congo, but also assist neighboring countries,” he said.

Here, our funding is helping with surveillance, work with local communities, and boosting local capacities for these countries to take timely and effective action,” he added.

The EU representative further noted that, they are committed to continuing their support to put an end to the outbreak, as long as there is need to.

We are committed to continue our assistance to bring this outbreak to an end for as long as it takes,” he said.

In line with the Global framework agreement and strategic response plans of the World Health Organization (WHO), EU funding contributes to measures that include but are not limited to the strengthening of disease surveillance at community level, health facilities and points of entry, the training of rapid response teams, the training of healthcare and frontline workers on contact-tracing, infection prevention and control measures, psychosocial support, safe and dignified burials plus local capacity-building by equipping medical treatment facilities.

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