COVID-19: Many Deceased People Test Positive For Coronavirus Disease Says Dr Angok Kuol Tiir. #SouthSudan
Dr Angok Kuol Tiir has told Australian radio station SBS Dinka that many people who died recently have tested positive posthumously.
Dr Angok, the Manager of COVID-19 Incident Response Team at the Ministry of Health said the infection is going to get worse. He said many people are sceptical and believe COVID-19 is a hoax.
“Many people are refusing to follow prevention and control rules like social distancing rules,” he said in Dinka. “Many people are insisting on travelling to the villages. These people are taking the disease there,” he said.
“We are expecting a disaster to happen soon,” he added. “There are people who have tested post but they do not abide with quarantine rules. They are still moving freely,” Dr Angok said.
“People are still insisting on repatriating corpses back to the villages. Yet we cannot guaranteed these people [who accompany the bodies] are not spreading the virus. Because you can test negative today and might test positive in the next test,” he explained.
He said that there are 74 beds for COVID-19 patients at the moment. However, once Dr John Garang Infectious Disease Unit is renovated, there will be another 200 beds available.
He said the issue of ventilators is an challenge. “Many people have promised that they have donated ventilators but it is nothing but just a lip service. The government said it had purchased ventilators but they have been saying, ‘they will arrive tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow’. So we are still waiting for the ventilators,” he said.