WHO donates medical kits for flood-affected communities in Jonglei

Health workers offloading emergency medical kits donated by the World Health Organization |Photo: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated sets of emergency medical kits to its partner agencies operating in Jonglei, one of the hardest-hit states in the country.

The medical assistance was channeled through Christian Mission for Development (CMD), Medicair South Sudan, and Health Action for Africa running Health Cluster in Manyo, Canal Piji and Bor counties.

Since last year, nearly 20,000 people have been affected and displaced to neighboring areas due to worst flooding.

The affected people are in urgent need of food, livelihood support, emergency shelter as well as non-food items (ES/NFI), water, sanitation and hygiene, health and protection services.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 2. 7 million people are expected to face severe food insecurity in the next few months, posing an alarming situation in a country still facing other challenges.

Kiir’s office denies one of its aides, Nhial Deng contracted COVID-19

Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng | Photo: File

The Presidential Press Unit has denied speculative reports suggesting that the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial had contracted COVID-19 virus.

“The Media Department in the Office of the President has learned of a false news article trending on social media published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 which states that, the Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal along with unnamed SSBC journalist attached to the Office of the President have tested positive for coronavirus.”

The Office of the President noted the report, speculated on Facebook and local media outlets, was incorrect and carried no concrete evidence.

“This Press statement is to clarify that this news article published by Sudan post website on 12th February 2021 is untrue and totally unfounded. The Minister of Presidential Affairs Hon. Nhial Deng Nhial, Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal tested for Covid-19 and their results came out negative on February 11th ,2021.

“Only covid-19 results of the Press Secretary in the Office of the President Ateny Wek Ateny and 3 Junior staff [members] came out positive in the entire Office of the President.”

“In addition, No SSBC Journalist in the Office of the President tested Positive of Coronavirus. The Office of the President is wishing all the Covid 19 positive colleagues a quick recovery.”

Number of COVID-19 cases passes 2,000 marks, 8 new cases recorded

July 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Ministry of Health has registered 8 new cases of the Coronavirus Pandemic, that brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 2,106 in the country.

“In the last 24 hours, 103 samples were tested and results released. Of these, eight (8) tested positive for COVID19. Out of the new cases identified, 7 are male adults and 1 is a female adult.”

Overall COVID-19 cases status as of 07/07/2020

• Total number of tests performed to date 11,477.

• New cases confirmed in the last 24 hours: 8

• Cumulative number of cases confirmed to date: 2,106

• Total cases currently under follow up/active cases: 1,112

• Number of cases that are severe in the IDU: None

• Number of cases that are in critical condition in the IDU: None

• Number of cases recovered: 954

• Number of new death in the last 24 hours:

• Cumulative number of death: 40

Safety Guidelines recommended by MoH.

“The Ministry of Health is conducting tracing of individuals who had contact with the COVID19 cases. The government urges the public to strictly observe the rules of social distancing and other public health measures declared by the President of the Republic of South Sudan and High Level Task-Force.”

“Report any suspected case to nearest health facility or call to toll free number: 6666. Continue to observe the instructions of Health Authorities particularly washing hands regularly with water and soap; maintaining physical distance from other people (at least keep 2 meters (6 feet) distance between two individuals) and mandatory facemask or cloth face coverings in public.”

S. Sudan records 62 cases, bringing the tally to 1,755

June 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan has registered 62 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the accumulative number of confirmed cases to 1,755 in the country.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health announced on Sunday 3 new deaths over the past 24 hours, raising the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 30.

“The Ministry of Health is conducting tracing of individuals who had contact with the COVID19 cases,” said Richard Laku, COVID-19 Incident Manager, MOH.

The Ministry calls on members of the public to strictly adhere to WHO’s recommended guidelines and keep them at their fingertips for their safety.

“The government urges the public to strictly observe the rules of social distancing and other public health measures declared by the President of the Republic of South Sudan and High Level Task-Force.”

South Sudan records 92 COVID-19 cases, two more deaths

COVID-19 Update

May 23, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan’s Ministry of Health has today announced 92 new cases of coronavirus, raising the country’s tally to 655, with two death cases linked to COVID-19.

So far, only six patients have fully recovered since the outbreak of the disease in the world’s youngest nation.

Earlier this month, global researchers issued an alert, warning that South Sudan is teetering on the edge of becoming a new hub of the virus, if stringent measures are not taken.

The country has one of the weakest health systems on record, as a result of years of violence with over 7 million people facing food insecurity.

It is also believed that the recent presidential order, which eased preventive measures, has exacerbated the situation.

S. Sudan could be hit hardest by COVID-19, hundreds may die in June: Researcher

May 14, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan, the world youngest nation could be one of the hardest-hit countries and an epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic with increased mortality rates in June, if no preventive measures taken, said a global researcher in an op-ed article.

Naomi Pendle, a Research Fellow based at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa argues that, if COVID-19 case trends continue to rise as seen in other sub-Saharan countries, hundreds of thousands people may lose their lives in June.

“Covid-19 is highly likely to cause significant mortality in South Sudan. If the spread of the virus follows patterns that have occurred elsewhere in Africa, cases in South Sudan could be in the hundreds of thousands in June. The country has a young population, and thus, like elsewhere in East Africa.”

Naomi projected that the COVID-19 pandemic may co-occur with other preventable diseases that are prevalent in South Sudan.

“Yet, much is not yet known about how Covid-19 will interact with other comorbidities that are prevalent in South Sudan such as malaria, hepatitis, yellow fever, measles and malnutrition.”

“The lockdown measures imposed on 28 April and partially lifted on 7 May effectively import into South Sudan the approach to the virus that has been taken by much of Europe, and ignore alternative strategies that might be feasible in this context,” said the Researcher in a statement obtained by The South Sudan Herald.

Naomi stressed that in the absence of county commissioners and state governments, the implementation of preventive measures is likely to suffer setbacks.

“While the transitional government is still being appointed, there are no country commissioners and serious ambiguities over sub-national authority. Any implementation of lockdown is likely to be piecemeal, focused on the poor, and aggravate already-existing state–society tensions.”

South Sudan’s Ministry of Health has today confirmed the country’s first COVID-19-related death and a total of 231 confirmed cases.

Presidency cautions journalists against unethical reporting on COVID-19

President Salva Kiir Mayardit
President Salva Kiir addressing a news conference in the capital, Juba/Photo: File

May 13, 2020 (Thessherald)–The High-Level Task Force on COVID-19 has warned of punitive measures against some media outlets that publish details of COVID-19 patients, and urged them to desist from non-professional reporting practices.

In a strongly worded statement, the High-Level Task Forces denounced such practices and urged the news outlets to strictly adhere to principles of ethical journalism.

“The High-Level Taskforce strongly denounces the wave of information and disinformation around COVID- 19 disease including publishing in social media, names of private citizens allegedly confirmed COVID-19 positive,” said the statement issued today by the Presidency.

“The High-Level Taskforce wishes to assure the public that the Ministry of Health does not publish names nor does it share any information about private citizens in public or social media. The Taskforce urges the public to ignore this malicious propaganda, and further warns the culprits to desist from their hateful puffery.”

The Presidency encourages the victims who might have been affected by the actions to take legal proceedings against those journalists.

“Private citizens falling victims of this spiteful hype reserve the right of taking legal action against the perpetrators.”

As of today, the number of COVID-19 cases in the world’s youngest nation has surpassed 200.

S. Sudan joins battle against COVID-19, pledges $1 million to AUF, Africa CDC

Africa’s Map featuring African Union member states affected by the COVID-19 pandemic/Photo: Africa CDC

May 8, 2020 (Thessherald)–South Sudan, one of the African Union member states, has joined the rest of the African countries in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, pledging $750,000 to African Union Fund and $250,000 to the Africa Centres for Disease (Africa-CDC).

The announcement came on Thursday following an urgent meeting held at the State House by the Presidency.

“The Presidency has approved the amount of $ 750,000.00 as contribution of the Republic of South Sudan to African Union Fund (AUF) to fight COVID-19,” the Presidency said on Thursday.

“The Presidency further approved the amount of $ 250,000 as contribution of the Republic of South Sudan to the Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC).”

The Africa Centres for Disease Control (Africa CDC) is a flagship continental body, supporting and cooperating with African Union member states in providing coordinated and integrated solutions to deficiencies in public healthcare services.

Exclusive: All confirmed COVID-19 patients are in stable condition: official

May 6, 2020 (Thessherald)–A senior government official in the Ministry of Health confirmed on Tuesday that all confirmed COVID-19 patients, including newly registered cases, are in good condition and are well cared for under the supervision of the Ministry of Health.

“There are no active cases currently under critical care.”

“There is no cause for alarm, although the number of cases continues to rise, the public is rest assured that all those tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic are in stable condition and some of them are faring much better so far.”

On Tuesday, the South Sudanese High-Level Task Force on COVID-19, in a meeting chaired by FVP Dr. Riek Machar, announced six (6) more cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 58.

The government urges the public to strictly observe the rules of social distancing and other public health measures declared by the South Sudan and High Level Task-Force on COVID-19.

“Continue to observe the instructions of Health Authorities particularly washing hands regularly with water and soap; maintaining physical distance from other people (at least keep 2 meters (6 feet) distance between two individuals).”

CPA Launches Online Polls on Household Resilience and Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

Online Baseline Assessments

May 2, 2020 (Thessherald)–A Juba-based civil society group, The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) has launched an online baseline assessment to establish perceived levels of Household Resilience and how communities are coping and responding to the current global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) requests your participation in the attached survey. The survey is designed to gather information about current levels of household resiliency in the face of the global COVID19 pandemic.

Here is a link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNVRhhGQ3VLhwV5MoZDcgXdwRGtWC15fr_SCyyxtKwhzAWdw/viewform?usp=sf_link

The group emphasized in a statement that the current polls seek to obtain a complete picture of the current situation and the best ways in which citizens can remain safe if the government responds and decides to declare a nationwide lockdown.

“Our aim is to learn about household assets, support, and access to needed supplies such that families can stay safe and well during any potential virus outbreak, or in the event that the Government of South Sudan implements restrictions on citizens, as has been done in neighboring countries like Uganda and Kenya and the rest of the world,” CPA explains.

“Our aim is to share this information with Government institutions like the Ministry of Health and its partners organizations operating in South Sudan i. e. World Health Organization, UNICEF, Centers for Disease Control, Dr John Garang Infectious Disease Unit and South Sudan Youth Fight Against COVID-19 or other Civil Society Organizations to bolster the national response plan in South Sudan.”

The statement noted that the survey is geared towards helping civil society organizations collect quality data to support health workers and other front-line responders to make an informed decision while combating the spread of the virus.

“Your voluntary participation enables the Center for Peace and Advocacy to gather the best, comprehensive data to support our fellow South Sudanese during the COVID19 pandemic.”

“All responses are confidential and anonymous. This survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.”


If you have questions about the survey, our data collection procedures, or any other facet of the survey, you are welcome to contact the Center for Peace and Advocacy by phone +211924538137 email cpasouthsudan@gmail.com , or through our website http://southsudancpa.org/.

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