South Sudan to adopt Anal Swab as Covid-19 cases surge – medical practitioner

pictureSouth Sudanese medical practitioners in Juba/Photo Source: Arabs Today

A medical practitioner working with the National Task Force for Covid-19 in Juba has revealed the Ministry of Health’s latest plan to introduce the Anal Swab testing method in South Sudan.

According to him, the testing will be much easier to perform, give accurate results and as well as helping South Sudanese, travellers and foreign citizens observe the simple guidelines: Corona Virus Preventive Measures as the number of confirmed new cases surge.

“We believe that it will work effectively. The cases are rising again steadily and we are commissioned to help protect this country by fighting Covid-19. Anal Swab will give us accurate results as in China. It is also much easier to perform,” he said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the man however declined to say if they had done enough research on the effectiveness of this method. He also admitted to challenges such as rejection of the method by South Sudanese.

“China has started using it and it is proven effective. South Sudanese will refuse it but it will be made mandatory to make our work easier.” He added.

According to China’s CCTV (Two Weeks Ago), the anal swab testing has been conducted mainly on people living in areas with confirmed COVID cases and those who have been quarantined. Passengers arriving in Beijing and a group of more than 1,000 school children and teachers who were thought to have been exposed to the virus are among the people who have undergone anal swabbing, according to Forbes.

An anal swab test involves inserting a cotton swab 1.2 to 2 inches into the rectum. Once it’s there, the swab is gently rotated several times, then removed and placed into a sample container. The entire process only takes about 10 seconds.

As much easier and simple it may seems, South Sudanese will definitely have hard time to accept it. It is like a challenge thrown onto their face.

Below is an information released by the ministry of health concerning the cases of Covid-19 in the country.

Ministry of Health

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In the recent, South Sudan has relaxed its fight against the global Pandemic: COVID-19. But there have been late updates and the virus informations are beginning to resurface in the middle of hardships.

But despite the reports, the citizens continue to mind less about Corona virus. They instead go about their daily lives without worrying.

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