Over 5,000 samples await testing in the Laboratory

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

The Ministry of Health has said that at least over 5,000 samples were awaiting test at the Public Health Laboratory due to limited runs per a day.

At least South Sudan has 665 positive cases of coronavirus of Sunday update.

Dr. Angok Gordon Kuol, the Incident Manager for the coronavirus at the Ministry of Health disclosed to the press on Sunday in Juba that a lot of the challenges were arising as far as fighting pandemic was concerned.  

“Challenges are coming in; we have a backload of over 5,000 samples collected. They are not yet run and they need to be run,” he stated.

Dr. Kuol said that though the country has received the newly imported machines, he affirmed that the machines still have technical errors that require technical attention. 

“We though they will clear the backload but unfortunately these machines have arrived the country but some of the things are lacking in those machines and the supplier is telling us to hold on and will be able to bring what is lacking,” The Incident Manager further narrated.

Dr. Kuol said that the Laboratory staffs have allowed to let them be operational but not with a full capacity.

“These machines, each are producing 36 samples per a run three of them. Since one is 36, so three of them will get us 108. If we operate them, the older will take up to 94 or 96 sometimes. So we are within almost, the level of 200 samples,”    

But before the new machines were installed, the staffs have been pushing to run the two or three runs per a day.

However, Dr. Kuol revealed that the samples collection have increased unlike in the past at the moment.

“Zones are sending, Nimule trucks is sending, screening about the mourners and then the number of alerts have increased and the number of people who are positive have increased number as well. So samples are actually huge and may be if we give you the report this evening, we might be talking of 6,000 if the capacity of Laboratory is not improving,” he said.

He said the mobile machine meant for Nimule was lacking other consumable items which he belived would be resolved soon.

According to Dr. Kuol, the aforementioned Machine would be immediately installed in Nimule with a full capacity if the consumable were brought.

The health professional said that the health workers were also declining due to the risk being posed by the pandemic

“Numbers are increasing and the people who are working are reducing because of the risk being posed by the pandemic,” he concluded.  

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