USAID donates $4.5 million to South Sudan for COVID-19 response.

The United States Agency for International Development has given an additional 4.5 USD million to contain the spread of COVID-19 in South Sudan. The money will be channeled through the International Organization for Migration.

According to Eye radio report on Friday, the Head of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team in South Sudan said in a statement.

Tina Yu said “the funding will allow Frontline workers to continue combating COVID-19 in the places at greatest risk of infection.”

Chief of Mission for IOM, Jean-Philippe Chauzy said South Sudan’s health system cannot cope up continuous increase of COVID-19 cases.

As of Saturday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections rose to 1,892 including 34 deaths and 169 recoveries.

IOM says the money will be spent on improving water, sanitation and hygiene services it is providing to communities in South Sudan. Frequent hand washing with clean water and soap, is one of the effective ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Recently, Hong-based research firm ranked South as the world’s most dangerous place to live in during the COVID-19 pandemic.