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South Sudan government launches cholera vaccination exercise

Jan 21, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The South Sudan government on Saturday launched a campaign to vaccinate over 93000 residents of the Pibor administrative area to prevent a possible outbreak of the disease.

Child undergoing a vaccination in South Sudan (Photo credit: Supplied/Nyamilepedia)
Child undergoing a vaccination in South Sudan (Photo credit: Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

The oral vaccination campaign was launched on Saturday by the Health Minister Elizabeth Achuei after a recent cholera outbreak in neighboring Ethiopia, close to some counties in South Sudan.

According to the director-general for Preventive Health Services at the ministry, Dr. Fohn Rumunu, the exercise is expected to cover the Pibor administrative area.

“In Pibor Administrative area we are targeting 93,000 population and this will continue until the whole of Pibor Administrative Area is covered,” Dr. John Rumunu, told the media on Sunday.

He urged the public to adhere to personal hygiene and follow the safety guidelines which includes washing their hands with soap and water after visiting latrines in order to prevent the Cholera outbreak.

 “…always wash hands with soap and water after using latrine and before handling or eating food,” he added.

Cholera is a waterborne disease transmitted by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with Vibrio cholera, the bacteria that causes the disease.

Cholera patients present with watery diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, and muscle cramps.

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