Abyei Education official urges schools to observe Covid-19 prevention measures

Pupil washes hands at Comboni primary school, Abyei Administrative Area

The director general of education, information, culture, youth and sports in Abyei Administrative Area is calling upon schools in Abyei to observe precautionary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

This came during visits to schools in Abyei town.

“To all the head teachers, no child should be allowed to enter the class or attend school without face mask. Student must attend while wearing face masks,” John Ajang Kiir said.

The official notes that some schools are not following measures set to curb the spread of  coronavirus.  He threatened to shut down schools that flout preventive measure.

Earlier on, the national task force on covid-19 and South Sudan’s ministry of general education had also threatened to close learning facilities that did not follow health guidelines.

The schools reopened for all classes across South Sudan and Abyei in May after more than a year of closure due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Abyei Administrative Area has 160 cases of Covid-19 including 11 deaths. Covid-19, a highly contagious disease is passed when an infected person sneezes, coughs or speaks. It can be prevented through frequent hand washing with soap and clean water, social distance of at least two meters and vaccines among others.