CORONAVIRUS Gov’t to restrict Chinese entry
By Kitab A Unango
Despite adequate measures in place already to detect COVID-19 known as coronavirus, the health ministry is calling on Chinese willing to come to the country to delay the journey until the situation improves.
Dr. Makur Koryom, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health said though the country has got its in-house testing machine, Chinese oil workers on holidays should withhold traveling back until the situation comes to normal.
“There are oil workers and not only oil workers but many Chinese workers who go and come back to South Sudan and our advice is those who have gone home for holidays or for any other reason, we request the Chinese government through the embassy to advice their citizens who are currently in China and willing to come back to South Sudan to delay,” said Makur.
He was speaking during a press conference to update the citizens on the current status of the virus and how the government and health partners are ready to combat the outbreak.
Previously the government relied on neighboring countries such as Uganda and South Africa to verify any suspected specimen which could take days for the result to come out.
But last week, the World Health Organisation donated to the Ministry of Health sophisticated detective machines able to reveal whether the patient is coronavirus positive or not within two to three hours.
Dr. Guraicha Guyo, WHO Emergency Coordinator promised the organisation, would continue to ensure that the country has the capacity to deal with any disease out.
“We will continue to support the government to ensure that the country is more secure and ready to contain the first outbreak of coronavirus,” said Guyo.
Of recent account, the COVId-19 which began in China in December last year, has spread to 60 countries around the globe with death toll more than 3000 as well as more than 90,000 people already infected with the virus.
The countries with established local transmission include China, Italy, Japan, Iran and Singapore as well as South Korea.
Makur reiterated government commitment to prevent the virus from entering the country via airport and through border points.