South Sudan last month in July closed down all the Covid-19 vaccination centers due to lack of vaccines. The country received its first consignment of 132,000 dozes of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax facility but 72,000 of them were donated to neighboring Kenya over concerns that they would expire before use.
Dr. Victoria Achut, the undersecretary federal health ministry has said that health ministers should take on a leading role in an effort to fight the deadly pandemic.
According to the undersecretary federal health ministry more vaccines are expected to arrive in the next few days. State ministers of health will help aid the deployment of the vaccines.
Achut’s clarification follows a five-day conference on leadership and governance that was held on Monday this week. She also emphasized the need for states health ministries to encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to slow the transmission of the disease and protect the population.
She however requested the ministers to utilized state radios to disseminate messages on health especially on COVID-19 such as adhering to preventive measures as well as uptake of the vaccines since this is an opportunity for state ministries of health to make awareness and ensure people take vaccines as quickly as possible.
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