April 7, 2020 (Nyamilepedia) — Kenyan authorities have rejected the enterance of a South Sudan coronavirus patient who was airlifted from Juba on Monday, sources with direct knowledge said.
On Monday, a unnamed son of South Sudan’s chief justice Chan Reec Madut was airlifted on a chartered plane after reportedly suffering from COVID-19 symptoms having returned recently to the country from United Kingdom.
“The Kenyan authorities have refused to allow the patient in. He was returned to the country during the evening ours. We will try to explore the medical resources available in the country,” the source said.
South Sudan government has been criticized for its poor handling of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country. Until on Sunday, the government have been insisting that there was no any confirmed case of the novel coronavirus also known as COVID-19.
The patient announced by the coronavirus taskforce on Sunday is a European citizen who is working for the UN mission in the country and returned to Juba from Netherlands via Ethiopia on February 28.
The late discovery of the patient who has been in the country for more than one month has been criticized by the general public including senior opposition figures who fear that more cases maybe in the country.
The taskforce said on Sunday night that there was a patient with underlying medical illness who would be evacuated to Kenya for further medical attention but who was COVID-19-negative.