Juba, South Sudan,
June 14, 2021 – The Vice President for the Gender and Youth Cluster Rebecca Nyandeng has donated 130,000 face masks to ten states across the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and 10,000 others to the National Ministry of Health.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Nyandeng said the face masks were handed to representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Health by her office director Mr. Ajak Kuol Deng.
“My office has donated 130,000 face masks to 10 States of South Sudan, and 10,000 masks to National Ministry of Health. The face masks were handed to representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Ministry of Health by Director of Project in my office, Ajak Kuol Deng”, she said.
“These face masks given to UNDP will be transported by UNDP itself to the 10 States of South Sudan, whereas each state would receive 10,000 face masks”, She added.
She also said UNDP will support the voluntary distribution of face masks to ensure that they reach vulnerable communities who cannot afford to buy the ones being sold in the market and the Ten thousand masks given to the Ministry of Health would be distributed to citizens living in the National Capital, Juba.
Vice President Garang said she began distributing face masks from day one even before the country record any single case..she also promised that the other three Administrative Areas will receive their masks very soon.
“I started producing face masks in 2020 after the country registered the first case of Covid-19 which was announced by the Former Chairperson of the National Taskforce on Coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, who is also the First Vice President.
“We have been distributing masks to government institutions and the locals here in Juba as well as in other states. The three Administrative Areas will also receive their face masks soon,” she emphasized.
She called on the public to observe preventive measures such as regular handwashing with soap, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face masks, meanwhile assuring her commitment to the Ministry to continue producing masks.
“My message to the public is that Covid-19 is real. Therefore, let’s adhere to precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the virus,” she concluded.
Last month, Nyadeng opened a production center for masks production where she told local media that she would try what she can in her capacity to make sure that the COVID-19 is contained in South Sudan.