South Sudan restricts movements on border with DR Congo over Ebola

Thursday May 17 2018

South Sudanese Health minister Riek Gai Kok

South Sudanese Health minister Riek Gai Kok (right) giving an update on Ebola epidemic in Juba on May 17, 2018. DR Congo announced an outbreak of the dreaded epidemic whose spread has been announced. JOSEPH ODUHA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOSEPH ODUHA
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South Sudan has restricted the movements of people and goods along its borders with the DR Congo over the Ebola spread fears.

Health minister Riek Gai Kok announced on Thursday that the risk of the Ebola spread to South Sudan was high due to the proximity between the two countries.

“While cases of Ebola Virus Disease have not yet been detected in South Sudan, the risk is high because of movement of people from DR Congo into South Sudan,” he said.

An isolation facility

Our worry is the influx of people, so we are concerned about the Juba International Airport, the airstrips and land entries in Western Equatoria that borders the DR Congo, he added.

Dr Kok said the Interior ministry had been asked to restrict the movement of people and screen those entering South Sudan.

He disclosed that an isolation facility had been set up at