Health ministry holds Ebola empowerment workshop



By Juuk Othana Mading


Bor – Jonglei State’s Ministry of Health and Environment in collaboration the World Health Organization (WHO) and other health agencies on Wednesday held a one-day workshop about empowering health staff on Ebola virus disease.

In addition to introducing the staff the viral disease, the workshop also sought to impart into health personnel global updates about Ebola and essential elements for control.

At the training attended by more than half of the State Hospital’s staff, Dr. David Madit, the Inter-charge Medical Assistance [IMA] state support manager, affirmed that they shall also train volunteers who will be going out to the communities as part of the outreach on Ebola.

“This workshop is not a one-man workshop; we discussed how, in our own situation, we can tackle Ebola,” Madit said.

“Today we have a training session for the health staffs for Bor State Hospital on Ebola, and next Wednesday we shall have other members of the hospital especially the nurses” declared Dr. Mizanur Rahman, the international focal point and head World Health Organization [WHO] office in Jonglei state at the workshop.

Dr. Mizanur said they are trying to build the capacity of the health staffs on Ebola so that they are aware of virus issue, and in case anything happened in future they would be prepared.

He urged the citizens of Jonglei to come to the hospital and not stay at homes in case of any the diseases, and not necessarily Ebola.

Ebola is a viral disease characterized by diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. It was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1976 in an outbreak that killed 280 people. 35,000 cases have been reported in West African states of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since an outbreak was declared in July, with about 2000 lives lost.

Recently cases have been recorded in DR Congo, promoting serious examination of all passengers travelling into the country at all entry points. Until now, no case of Ebola virus disease has been reported in South Sudan.

There is no known treatment for Ebola, but few of patients in West Africa have responded well to the plasma trial drug ZMapp.