South Sudan purchases 60 ventilators in the battle against COVID-19
April 24, 2020 (Thessherald)–The High-Level Tasked Force on COVID-19 announced on Friday that a consignment of medical supplies, including some 60 hospital-grade ventilators procured by South Sudan, is expected to arrive in the capital, Juba, over the weekend.
“The High-Level Taskforce was informed that a charter plane carrying equipment and supplies, including 60 ventilators, purchased by the government of the Republic of South Sudan will arrive in the country over this weekend.”
The committee welcomes the recent pledge of USD 3.9 Million committed by the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) of US $ 3.9 million to support the country’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The High-Level Taskforce welcomes the pledge by the Africa Development Bank (AFDB) of just over USD 3.9 Million to support the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection in the country.”
“The High-Level Taskforce resolves that South Sudanese students on government scholarships in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, shall remain in Ethiopia as agreed earlier by the governments of the two sisterly countries. South The High-Level Taskforce reiterates that South Sudanese citizens, including students, must abide by the laws of their host countries.”
Since the past few weeks, South Sudan has made headlines after international media reported that the country has only four ventilators.
It is believed that the government has spent one and a half million dollars on those newly purchased ventilators as each device costs about 25,000 dollars.