The European Union Delegation to South Sudan, together with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) on Friday handed over supplies as part of the EU-IGAD COVID-19 Response to the Government of South Sudan.
These supplies consist of 500,000 surgical masks, 100,000 surgical caps, 100,000 Masks N95, COVID-19 test kits for more than 25,000 people, and two standard ambulances to be used at cross-border areas.
This is part of the European Union’s 60 million EUR package to help tackle the health and socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in support of IGAD in its mandate to coordinate national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Horn of Africa. It is also part of the Team Europe Global Response package to support partner countries face the pandemic and its consequences.
“The ongoing fight against COVID-19 requires concerted efforts of all actors and an effective partnership with the government of South Sudan,” Ambassador Christian Bader, the Head of European Union Delegation to South Sudan said during the handover ceremony in Juba.
This support comes at a time when the country is experiencing its highest daily infection rate since the confirmation of its outbreak in the country in April 2020. At least 174 new cases were confirmed on Thursday out of 859 samples tested from across the country and 72 cumulative fatalities from the 5,134 confirmed cases so far. The infections are on the rise despite last week’s ban on all social gatherings and church services.