Kiir orders self-quarantine measures for senior officials arriving from abroad

Newly appointed Ministers taking oath of their offices in the capital Juba /Photo: PPU

(Thessherald)–South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit announced on Monday that all senior government officials who had recently arrived from countries affected by COVID-19 are ordered to self-quarantine immediately for days until further notice.

“We are taking immediate actions and scale up response to detect, treat and reduce transmission in order to save lives. 1-I have ordered self quarantine of all senior government officials who have just arrived from countries with established local infection and transmission of COVID-19,” said President Kiir in a statement extended to the media.

Addressing the nation about the negative impact of the novel Coronavirus, President Kiir commissioned the law enforcement agency to support the Ministry of Health in implementing the new measures.

“We have directed security and law enforcement agencies to support the Ministry of Health in enforcing isolation, self- quarantine, removing COVID-19 suspects and relocating them to isolation centres. 3- All international conferences slated to take place in South Sudan have temporarily been postponed due to the looming threat of COVID-19.”

President Kiir issued the following stringent measures aimed at containing the spread of the pandemic virus.

Prevention is better than cure. I advise all South Sudanese and residents to observe the following 10 basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus in order to save lives:

  1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  2. Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant for example kitchen benches and work desks;
  3. COVID-19 is spread by droplets. Maintain at least 1-metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  4. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  5. Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread virus. By covering your nose and mouth, you protect the people around you from viruses such as COVID-19.
  6. Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  7. Avoid traveling if you have fever or cough, and if you become sick while on a flight, inform the crew immediately. Once you get home, contact a health professional and tell them about where you have been; 8. Take extra precautions to avoid crowds.
  8. Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. National and local authorities will have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
  9. It is normal and understandable to feel anxious, especially if your community has been affected. Find out what you can do in your community. Discuss how to stay safe with your employer, school or place of worship. For persons who have recently visited Countries where COVID-19 is spreading.

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