COVID-19: 15,518 and 991 people received first and second jabs respectively, Cleto, WBG governor, first to be vaccinated among governors
John Rumunu, Director General for Preventive Health Services revealed that a total of 15,518 and 991 people respectively have received their first and second COVID jabs of the AstraZeneca vaccines, since April 6 when the campaign started. South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal governor, Sarah Cleto Rial, has announced that she has received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first–among other governors–to be vaccinated against the killer virus.
Despite logistical challenges amid a shortage of funds, the COVID-19 has been distributed to the state government with the help of the country’s international partners. Extend the vaccination to the 10 states and the three administrative areas really improve the reach of the vaccine.
Also, the only female governor in South Sudan announced on her Facebook page she is pleased to have taken her first shot of the Covax (Astra Zeneca) vaccine. Though she took it in Juba.
On March 25, Juba received 132,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.
The ministry of health as of Sunday said it registered no COVID-19 case, leaving the cumulative number of cases at 10,751, recoveries 10,514 and 115 deaths.
South Sudan registered its first COVID-19 case on April 5, last year.
Rumunu urged the public to continue to adhere to the health preventive measures on COVID-19 like hand washing, sanitizing, social distancing and wearing of face masks.
According to World Health Organization(WHO) the vaccine is safe and the benefits outweigh the risks.