South Sudan receives giant cheque worth $100,000 to help combat COVID-19

South Sudan’s First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar and other senior government officials receiving a Gian Cheque from IGAD officials/ Photo: File.

April 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) staff members have handed over financial assistance to South Sudan’s High Level Taskforce on Coronavirus as part of the emergency respond to combat the spread of the current global pandemic COVID -19.

The cheque worth $100,000 was officially handed over to the Deputy Chair of the High Level Taskforce, Dr. Riek Machar and the newly appointed Minister of Health, Elizabeth Acuei Yol, by the IGAD South Sudan office as well as the CTSAMVM Chairperson who represented the IGAD executive secretary, Workneh Gubeyehu.

Earlier this week, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMIS) confirmed one case of coronavirus among one of its staff who had traveled from countries severely affected by the disease.

The Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has conducted an investigation by epidemiologists to identify individuals who might have been in contact with the patient recently in accordance with the agreed protocols and WHO guidelines.

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