South Sudan launches emergency call center to tackle COVID-19

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A member of a medical team wearing protective suit sanitises cargo that arrived inside a plane at the airfield, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Juba International Airport in Juba, South Sudan April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

South Sudan on Thursday in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched health emergency toll-free center as part of the country’s response effort to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Elizabeth Acheui Yol, the health minister, said the center would improve the work of the ministry’s rapid response team.

Yol said the well-equipped free toll center will help the ministry to swift response towards the fight against the virus as a total number of confirmed cases in the East African nation spiked to 203 on Wednesday.

“The center will improve the operation of the health ministry’s toll-free number (6666) to response to COVID-19. This call center will remain operational beyond COVID-19,” Yol told reporters in Juba.

The official called on partners to continue supporting the young nation’s fragile health system to defeat the respiratory disease in the country.

Kamil Kamaludeen, the deputy country representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said the facility does represent the dedicated institution to facilitate coordination, partnership in a bid to ensure an integrated response.

“The inauguration of this center represents another part of South Sudan partnership with the UN system, and what will happen here will not just be UNDP providing support. It is indeed an integrated response supported by UNDP, UNICEF and WHO,” Kamaludeen said.

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