Council of Ministers orders schools’ resumption

 

This thirsty student is keeping hydrated after a hot day in the classroom | Photo: UNICEF
This thirsty student is keeping hydrated after a hot day in the classroom | Photo: UNICEF

September 12, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Council of Ministers issued a statement on Friday, ordering the resumption of public schools across the country despite concerns over an increase in coronavirus cases.

This comes as the Minister of Health briefed the Cabinet on what she described as a “significant decrease in the number of Covid-19 cases and its infections in South Sudan.”

South Sudan’s conflict has left the country’s health systems weak and vulnerable, raising fears that if schools are opened without strict preventive measures in place, a second wave of Covid-19 could occur.

Last month, the Chinese government sent a group of medical staff to South Sudan in an effort to provide a medical aid mission across the country.

Currently, a shortage of medical supplies and lack of trained health care professionals are some of the challenges facing the world’s youngest nation.

South Sudan’s government and opposition groups have signed an agreement to end the conflict that has displaced thousands of people and left millions of citizens in a dire humanitarian situation.

 

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