Japan denies donating Virus Prevention Cards to Kiir
By Opio Jackson
The Embassy of Japan in the Republic of South Sudan strongly denied the announcement made by the Press Secretary in the President Office on Sunday concerning the donation of virus prevention cards from the Prime Minister Abe to President Salva Kiir and other Ministers.
According to the statement availed to Juba Monitor yesterday, Japanese Embassy said, “There is no fact that the Government of Japan had donated such cards to the leadership of the Government of South Sudan and we regret that the Office of the President made public announcement of such wrong information.”
In an earlier news published by Eye Radio, The Office of the President had confirmed receiving a Japanese-made card that reportedly keeps the virus away from the President and some of his ministers.
The unproven virus prevention card -known as “Virus Shut Out” purportedly kills viruses before you inhale it.
It is said to contain Chlorine Dioxide generating agent such as sodium chlorite and natural zeolite.
According to Japanese companies, the card and a mat release a low concentration of airborne chlorine dioxide to eliminate germs and viruses in the surrounding air.
It claims wearing the device around the neck creates a barrier against germs and viruses, especially in workplaces, public transport, and any other crowded space where airborne germs and viruses are a risk.
This week, pictures of President Kiir, the Minister in the Office of the President, Mayiik Ayii and Information Minister, Michael Makuei, were circulated online showing the officials wearing the blue card.
The Press Secretary Ateny Wek Ateny was quoted as having confirmed to Eye Radio that the items were donated to President Kiir by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.
“Well, these were donations from the Prime Minister of Japan last month to the President of the Republic of South Sudan but they arrived just this week,” Ateny Wek Ateny affirmed.
He insisted that wearing the card is similar to wearing a mask -as they reportedly perform the same tasks.
“It was donated specifically for the leadership; the President and those around him, because they said it will help to disinfect within three meters,” Ateny said.
“It is like wearing a mask, just to keep away the viruses, because Coronavirus is a virus,” he told Eye Radio.
Mr. Ateny was quick to add that the devices were “given free of charge, there is no money for it.”