Over 70 health workers tested positive for coronavirus

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

At least 78 health workers have so far tested positive for the coronavirus since the outbreak of the pandemic in April, the Ministry of Health revealed yesterday.

Addressing the weekly press briefing on Sunday, Dr. Mathew Tut, the Director for Emergency Operations Center told journalists that the health workers infected by Covid-19 include the nurses, doctors and midwives.

“Out of the 78 health workers infected, it is worse mentioning that majority of these people work in the private sector,” he narrated.

Dr. Tut said it was unfortunate that the country lost one of them who was working at Juba Teaching Hospital.

“It is one of the people that were infected by the virus, and it is the only record that we have as a fatality among the health workers recorded,” he stated.

Dr. Tut said majority of them have so far recovered.

According to the doctor, the patients still active were less than 10 people whom Rapid Response Team were still following.

He didn’t specify the distribution of the health workers according to the States but said majority of the people were found in Juba.

“Majority of the health workers have been reported in Juba and as I know, many of these people work at the private sector.”

He said the Ministry of Health would confirm their distribution in the course as they were still categorizing the infected.

Currently, South Sudan has registered up to 2,429 positive cases of the pandemic since the outbreak was reported in April.

The total number of the recoveries across the country has so far reached 1,195 as fatalities hit 46 as of Sunday.

Though the country has resumed mass testing for the coronavirus, limited numbers of the people were showing up at the registration facility.

Up to Sunday, South Sudan has performed 14,043 coronavirus testes as 54 others are pending testing in the Laboratory.

There are four coronavirus testing points across the country. These include Public Health Laboratory in Juba, UN Clinic in Juba, Nimule Mobile Laboratory and Bor Gene-Xpert facility in Bor town.    

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