11 health workers leave COVID-19 response team

Eleven health workers at Dr. John Garang Infectious Disease Center, where COVID-19 patients in Juba have resigned. This is according Eye Radio report.

Dr. Abdou Sebushishe, Coordinator for COVID-19 Response Technical team for International Medical Corps, says the health workers were forced to resign by their families due to fear of taking the virus homes.

“Initially we had some staff posted here for the pandemic preparedness but once Covid-19 stroke the country, four clinical officers, three nurses and four hygienists who basically do their hygienic part of the work were unfortunately forced to quit their work by their families,” Sebushishe said on Friday.

“The families thought they would be the source of infections in their community” Sebubishe says adding that none of the doctors tested positive for COVID-19 while on duty.

Dr. John Garang Infectious Disease Center is an isolation center for COVID-19 patients. Dr. Sebushishe says they are working with South Sudan health ministry to increase the level of public awareness and to reduce stigmatization.