Red Cross deploys 1,400 volunteers to carry out awareness on coronavirus

By Sheila Ponnie

The South Sudan Red Cross Society (SSRC) said it has deployed one thousand four hundred (1400) volunteers across the country who were trained on coronavirus awareness campaign.

According to a statement issued on Friday, the volunteers would engage with their communities on how to prevent and protect themselves from coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We have trained 47 volunteers in Juba and 52 others in Maridi who are now deployed. Other volunteers in Yei, Nimule, Kapoeta, Torit, Wau, Ikwotos, Bor and Yambio are given orientation on COVID-19. The training and deployment will continue in other branches and units in the country,” John Lobor, Secretary General SSRC said in the statement.

Lobor said that most of these volunteers were doing risk communication and community engagement on Ebola virus Disease.

“We are shifting them to COVID-19 Prevention,” he said.

According to the statement, the priority areas would be the entry points to the country such as Nimule, Yei and Yambio.

The volunteers are trained on the basics of the coronavirus such as signs and symptoms and what people can do to prevent and protect themselves from the disease.

For safety of the volunteers and communities, the SSRC said the volunteers would be using speakers and mega phones to spread coronavirus prevention messages.

The statement further added that posters with prevention messages would be distributed and attached to the locations of public reach.

Though, South Sudan has not recorded any coronavirus case, the government and other health partners have been putting swift measures in place to prevent the possible spread of the virus from the neighboring countries.

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