South Sudan: African Pattern Bank and WHO enhance COVID-19 case management

Juba, South Sudan, 3 April 2021 -The African Pattern Bank and WHO grasp delivered indispensable medical supplies, along side intensive care unit (ICU) beds, medicines, lifesaving biomedical gear and personal maintaining gear (PPE) to South Sudan’s Ministry of Health in enhance of the nation’s ongoing COVID-19 response.

The supplies consist of12 ICU beds, over 5 000 an infection prevention and preserve an eye on objects, 20 oxygen concentrators, 71 blood rigidity monitoring machines and over 250 bins of various indispensable medicines to treat COVID-19 sufferers across 18 prioritized medication providers to boot to strengthen residence isolation intervention.

“Infectious ailments proceed to pose a indispensable public neatly being threat in South Sudan”, acknowledged Dr Richard Lako, Incident Manager at the Ministry of Health.  “The African Pattern Bank’s generous contribution will toughen the response to kind out the unfavorable impacts of COVID-19, along side the protection and safety of neatly being workers, a truly worthy priority,” Dr Lako added.

African Pattern Bank Nation Manager for South Sudan, Benedict Kanu, acknowledged the neatly being challenge become compounded by the threat of rising food insecurity. “Except an actual, efficient and cheap coronavirus vaccine is on hand, the threat of an infection will proceed, in particular given South Sudan’s excessive level of vulnerability to the pandemic.”  

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Group had warned that South Sudan faces a doubtless famine: “The threat of COVID-19 in South Sudan is rated as excessive, given the inadequate healthcare infrastructure. Therefore, we won’t over-emphasize the must toughen neatly being systems and spark off a timely response to cases of COVID-19 and future pandemics.”

For the explanation that starting of the pandemic, WHO and the South Sudanese Health Ministry grasp expert over 380 neatly being workers on the scientific care of COVID-19 sufferers at nationwide and sub-nationwide levels across the nation.

Apart from materials offer, WHO has supplied technical enhance, along side the advance, adaptation and revision of steerage and no longer new working procedures for an efficient COVID-19 response to the Health Ministry and companions.  

Dr Fabian Ndenzako, WHO manual for South Sudan acknowledged the supplies had been procured in step with prioritized desires to bolster the nation’s COVID-19 response.

“Pandemics of the magnitude corresponding to COVID-19 and other neatly being emergencies most steadily lead to the disruption of neatly being providers and better mortality, largely due to inadequate indispensable medicines and power in the context of an overburdened neatly being care providers,” Dr Ndenzako acknowledged.

“WHO is grateful for the partnership with the AfDB that can again us to strengthen the Ministry of Health in the strive in opposition to in opposition to COVID-19 and enhance continuity of neatly being as piece of mitigating the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic”, Dr Ndenzako added.

For more info, please contact:


African Pattern Bank: Kwasi Kpodo, Communication and Exterior Members of the family Department, electronic mail: w.kpodo [at] afdb.org


WHO: Ms Jemila M. Ebrahim, electronic mail: ebrahimj [at] who.int

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