As of May 19, 290 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in South Sudan, including two in MSF facilities.
In the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) camp, MSF has set up a holding and transit facility to look after COVID-19 patients until they are able to be transferred to the isolation and treatment centre.
Since March, in addition to preparedness activities in all MSF project locations, MSF has been assisting South Sudan’s Ministry of Health in training healthcare workers in infection prevention and control measures, as well as triage for symptoms consistent with COVID-19. In Juba, MSF has also been installing handwashing points in areas busy with foot traffic such as hospitals and healthcare centres, an internally displaced persons camp in Gumbo, and Konyo Konyo, the main market area. Fourteen handwashing points are now active in Konyo Konyo and Cemetery, and over 50 healthcare workers have been trained on infection prevention control measures and triage related to COVID-19 in six health facilities.
In Agok, staff are preparing a ward for COVID-19 patients in the MSF hospital. In Old Fangak work is continuing to set up a 10-bed COVID-19 centre.