70 tons of personal protective equipment arrive in Juba amidst COVID-19

Seventy tons of personal protective equipment worth 5.2 million USD have arrived in Juba, the humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan Alain Noudehou announced in a statement on Friday.

The supplies  which include face masks, face shields, respirators, gowns and googles, were purchased by World Health Organization (WHO) with money from South Sudan Humanitarian Fund and from African Development Bank

He stated that the personal protective equipment will be given to front line health workers and other public health practitioners for protection against COVID-19. 

“Front line workers need to be protected while they carry out the important work of providing assistance to the people of South Sudan,” the Humanitarian Coordinator said.

He stressed on the importance of health workers’ safety saying, “our collective response will only be effective if humanitarian and health workers are able to operate in a safe environment. I therefore call for an end to the violence and for sustained peace to ensure predictable access and to enable delivery of humanitarian and health assistance.”

Noudehou said there are 7,560 health care workers working in 1,315 health facilities across South Sudan. The country has 2,546 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus including 48 deaths and 1,316 recoveries as of Monday. 

According to the Ministry, as of 30th August 2020, 126 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 including one death.