Today, China Aid donated over 1.3 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to support ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the virus. COVID-19 and other communicable diseases in South Sudan.
Items donated included 1.1 million pairs of gloves, 70,000 disposable fluid-resistant gowns, 70,000 goggles, 70,000 N95 respirator masks and 1,000 pairs of rubber boots.
The equipment will protect more than 900 frontline medical and support staff from secondary infections as they respond to and serve those affected at 17 primary health care centers/units and two hospitals across the states. Unity, Upper Nile, Western and Central Equatoria.
These facilities provide health and medical services to a total of 343,000 refugees, 80% of whom are women and children, and to more than 60,000 residents of host communities.
“Whether it is the COVID-19 virus or any other infectious disease, prevention and good hygiene practices are essential for an effective response,” said Alemayehu Nigatu Gebremichael, UNHCR Public Health Officer at South Sudan. “If there is a lesson to be learned from the global Covid-19 pandemic, it is that risk cannot be eliminated from systems, but rather must be constantly managed and addressed. This donation facilitates this task,” he added.
Although testing is not widespread in the country, South Sudan has recorded 2,209 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two deaths so far among people served by UNHCR. Strong preparedness and response to COVID-19 established in refugee camps, with all key interventions, diagnostics, trainings, capacities and coordination mechanism, contributed to minimizing transmission.
Speaking on the need for close and continued cooperation in the global response to COVID-19, Juliette Murekeyisoni, UNHCR Deputy Representative in South Sudan, said: “People should not be convinced that COVID is gone. . He still lives with us,” she said.
“What we have to take away from this is how important it is that we continue to protect ourselves and those around us, especially refugees and displaced people, living inside and outside. camps, as well as their hosts. This donation will help us keep the people we serve safe,” she added.
With the support of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, UNHCR has pre-positioned PPE in specific locations ahead of the country’s rainy season which often disrupts access to deep sites. The equipment was also distributed to UNHCR operations in Jamjang, Maban, Yei-Lasu, Yambio, Gorom and Juba.
The handover ceremony of the donated items was attended by the People’s Republic of China’s adviser to South Sudan and officials from the South Sudan Ministry of Health, the Commission for Refugee Affairs, the Commission relief and rehabilitation, as well as several humanitarian partners. .
South Sudan hosts 343,000 refugees, mainly from Sudan, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as some 2 million people internally displaced by conflict and insecurity.
For more information on this subject, please contact:
(In Juba) Junichiro Kosaka, [email protected], +211 92 667 0139
Noah Friday Gift, [email protected], +211 922 654 219
Mary-Sanyu Osire, [email protected], +211 90 211 01 2118