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South Sudan Risks the second Wave of COVID-19

Oct 17, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudan might experience the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic following the relaxation in measures.

A graphic design of South Sudan doctors union(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)
A graphic design of South Sudan doctors union(Photo credit: courtesy image/Nyamilepedia)

The South Sudan doctors Union warns that the second wave of COVID-19 will be more severe with more morbidity and mortality without heightened efforts to fight the virus

“We observed that the majority of citizens and officials appear to have given up on wearing face masks and regular hand sanitization,” the doctors said in a statement issued Friday evening, adding that “most public institutions, shopping, and medical centers are no longer providing handwashing facilities or sanitizers at entrances or within the buildings.” Reads part of the Doctors Union’s analysis.

The doctors also expressed concern about public noncompliance with COVID-19 prevention measures amid laxity in enforcing coronavirus prevention measures across the country.

“Social distancing is not being observed at most meetings, weddings, funerals and other social/public gatherings,” the statement said.

“Such level of noncompliance during the ongoing global outbreak places vulnerable populations at risk and poses a real threat to the national health and safety of our country,” the doctors said.

Upto date, South Sudan has confirmed 2,833 COVID-19 cases with 2,655 recoveries and 55 deaths as of Friday.

The low number of infecions led the government to relax COVID-19 lockdown measures and allowed schools and religious institutions to re-open after six months of shutdown.

However, the health experts called on the government to reinforce COVID-19 prevention measures in the wake of the global resurgence of new infections.

“In the wake of the global resurgence of new COVID-19 infections, the SSDU appeals to the national taskforce, and relevant authorities and institutions to fully reinforce public compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures and guidelines across the country, as recommended by the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP) and technical partners,” the medics appealed.

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