The 10-member committee Selected during a cross-border committee meeting held in Nimule Town Council on Thursday will have officials from the immigration, customs, security, local governments, the Ministry of Health as well as members of the business community from both Uganda and South Sudan.
The Intergovernmental Authority on
Development – IGAD has reactivated a joint committee
to respond to the health and social-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
at the Uganda-South Sudan border.
committee Selected during a cross-border
committee meeting held in Nimule Town Council on Thursday will have officials from the immigration, customs,
security, local governments, the Ministry of Health as well as members of the business community from both Uganda and South Sudan.
The committee will be tasked to strengthen cross border COVID-19 and surveillance
and quick response against any other epidemics, ensure timely
information sharing, and refer sick travellers to health facilities for timely
medication and treatment.
Harriet Mayinja, the
National Point of Entry Focal Person in the Uganda Ministry of Health said
there are many public health threats that the cross-border committee will
jointly mitigate through communication and coordination, joint outbreak
investigation and efficient response.
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According to the Director-General of Preventive Health Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr John
Pasquale Rumunu, the terms of reference of the committee are aligned to the South
Sudan’s national COVID-19 strategy to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
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Meanwhile, Dr Harriet
Nabukwasi, the Disease Surveillance Expert at the IGAD Secretariat says that
revitalization of the committee will harmonize control measures and support
advocacy efforts in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and other epidemic diseases.
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disclosed that globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused worldwide disruptions in health
service delivery and socio-economic activities. Currently, over 216
million cases and 4.49 million deaths have been reported globally yet the
trends continue to show a long way from achieving endemic levels.
The IGAD region reported over 740,
511 cases and 16, 297 deaths by the end of August 2021 in the wake of the looming
third wave of the contagion. The region
covers the countries of Djibouti,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
Following the declaration of the Head of States and call for Action by the Ministers of
Health and Finance, the European Union responded by funding the IGAD regional response strategy
with 60 million Euros (249.218 billion Shillings) to the health and
socio-economic impacts of the virus.
The response strategy
targets border communities, migrants and refugee host communities, Internally
Displaced Persons and other mobile populations in the IGAD region to alleviate
and humanitarian crisis through long term strategies and response to acute disasters.