Coronavirus Taskforce receives USD 100,000

By Kitab A Unango

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has donated U.S dollars 100,000 to the High Level Taskforce committee to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The cheque was handed over to the committee by the Ceasefire Transitional Monitoring Mechanism and Evaluation Committee (CTSAMVM) at Pyramid Continental Hotel in Capital, Juba yesterday.

The youngest African nation, South Sudan with fragile medical facilities on Sunday confirmed the first case of coronavirus pandemic which has infected more than one million people and more than five hundred thousand succumb to the virus around the globe.

Speaking to the press after receiving the cheque, the deputy Chairperson of the High Level Taskforce Committee, Dr. Riek Machar thanked the IGAD body and appealed to international community to help the youngest nation to combat the spread of COVID-19.

“We would like to thank the IGAD for the generous contribution for the campaign against coronavirus.” 

“We appeal to IGAD and the international community to help South Sudan in combating this virus,” said Dr. Riek.

The First Vice President urged the pubic to adhere to the set precautionary measures adding that those who had direct contact with the first patient were closely monitored to prevent further spread in the country.

“We are following contacts of the one case and we will inform the public soon with the samples now in the laboratory,” Riek added.

IGAD Head Liaisons Office in South Sudan, Tesfaye Negassa promised his organization would continue to stand with the government during the critical moment of corona pandemic.

“This is not really the last, it will continue and we hope the pandemic will go way soon. We are here always to offer support,” 

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