A team from the South Sudan Ministry of Health has just returned from Uganda where they had gone to assess the situation following a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus.
The team, which included the Director for planning in the Ministry Dr. Lol Reik, visited Western Uganda where the breakout occurred and discussed ways in which the virus could be prevented from crossing the border.
Dr. Lol told Radio Miraya that the national ministry is on alert in case of any possible infections in South Sudan.
"So far we have no any reported cases of the Ebola in South Sudan. However we instructed our surveillance officers to be vigilant so that they will make sure that any cases that suspected to be Ebola is reported immediately. Because the time factor matters if you report one person in one day it will come in to contact with many people. So you need to bring that person to the nearest health facility, put them in isolation so you will reduce their contacts. And also you alert the medical doctors so that the can put personal equipment for protection."
The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in Uganda currently stands at 16, with 60 cases under treatment