‘Buy your own masks,’ Ministry of Health tells citizens

April 9, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s government will not be able to bear the costs of purchasing PPE for every citizen and that members of the public should find their own way to purchase their PPE in the market as the government faces financial challenges.

Dr. Angok Gordon Kuol, Incident Manager at the Ministry of Health points out that there is an ongoing financial crisis across the country owing to the conflict.

South Sudan has so far registered three cases of COVID-19, a worrying trend in a country whose health system has been ruined by years of the conflict.

What’s COVID-19?

According to the Ministry of Health,
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

How can it be prevented?

There’s currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

Do
· Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
· Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
· Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
· Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell

Don’t
· Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean

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