Gov’t urged to help students outside the country quickly

By Nema Juma

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress organization, (CEPO) has called on the coronavirus taskforce to speed up the facilitation of funding the students in Coronavirus affected countries.

Edmund Yakani said the students studying in different countries such as India, Ethiopia have been complaining of dire conditions and their health was in question.

He said the students were left stranded at the university premises while their colleagues have gone home. “I appeal to the taskforces COVID-19 to quickly react and I am sure that our missions outside can help those students,” Edmund said.

He said in regards to the order on public transport the citizens were ignoring the social distancing, saying coronavirus is real.

“I would like to advise my fellow citizens of South Sudan as well the students who are outside this country not to ignore the disease. We should follow the procedures on how to prevent it like to keep sanitizing and staying away from congested places,” Edmund said.

Last week government allocated 3million US dollars to the students studying in the Covid-19 effected countries.

This was reached in a meeting between the high level committee that was formed by President Salva  Kiir to look into the issue of coronavirus in the country.

During the meeting on Monday evening last week, the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Makur Matur Koriom said the high level taskforce agreed to allocate 3million US dollars to cater for the needs of the students in the affected countries.

“Since the committee agreed to suspend all international flights in and out of the country, we decided to allocate this amount in order to cater for our students in those countries,” Dr. Matur said.

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