Airport authorities to trace over 3,000 new arrivals

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Ministry of Health said it has directed the airport authorities and immigration departments to trace over 3,000 new arrivals who gave wrong contacts to the Rapid Response Team upon arrival at Juba International Airport for the last few days.

In September, Public Emergency Operations Center warned incoming travelers of possible implication for continuously giving wrong contacts upon arrival at Juba International Airport.

Dr. Thuou Loi, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Health disclosed to the press briefing on Sunday that over 3,000 new arrivals have been identified and would be traced by the relevant authorities.

“We have directed the immigration department at the airport to follow these people. We have also communicated with airport authorities to follow them because it is against the public health measures,” he explained.

“The report has been given to the relevant authorities at the airport and beyond immigrations for these particular individuals who are more than 3,000 to be traced,” the health professional added.

Dr. Loi revealed that once they are traced, they would be forced to self quarantine as required by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization (WHO).

“The importance of us having correct contact numbers is to be able to follow those individuals, once they are here, they will be asked to self quarantine for 14 days only, there is nothing much,” he said.

Loi wondered why such individuals have been refusing to produce correct contacts at the Airport.

“I don’t completely understand why they are giving us wrong numbers, whether they want to run away from public Health measures that are put in place or what, I don’t know, but we will try to trace them through the relevant authorities in the country,” he reiterated.

Previously, the Ministry of Health said the irregularity was affecting health workers’ job to follow up on new arrivals since most of the travelers do not present their contact details.

Loi said “There is nothing we are going to do to them, we just want our team to be able to follow, we want only them for purely public health reason,”

Currently, the country has 2,842 cumulative cases of coronavirus pandemic. In the number, 55 are fatalities and 2,655 are recoveries.

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