US donates more funds for COVID-19 response in South Sudan

The United States has announced nearly 48 million US dollars donation for response to the coronavirus pandemic in South Sudan. According to a statement US Department of State issued last Friday, the funds will help save lives of the people. The money will be used in improving response including public health education and increasing laboratory services.

“The health assistance also will fund expanding efforts to address community concerns, including by tracking and combating rumors, misconceptions, and grievances. This funding builds upon past U.S. investments in South Sudan that total $6.4 billion over the past 20 years, including more than $405 million for health” the statement reads in part.

Part of the assistance will be spent on case management, prevention and control of infections, logistics, water sanitation and hygiene in addition to provision of emergency food. Training of the health workers and peer educators to stem the spread of the pandemic is covered in this funding.

South Sudan has 2,507 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including 47 deaths and 1,294 recoveries as of Sunday. While in Abyei Administrative Area, the cumulative confirmed infections are 52-out of which 2 are deaths.