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Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS peacekeepers join forces with the Catholic Health Training Institute to fight COVID-19

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Coronavirus – South Sudan: UNMISS peacekeepers join forces with the Catholic Health Training Institute to fight COVID-19

In remote areas, many people do not know the steps to be taken to be virus free

JUBA, South Sudan, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / –

In Wau, as throughout South Sudan and around the world, efforts to fight COVID-19 continue.

Recently, Bangladeshi peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) partnered with the Catholic Health Training Institute to educate Institute students on prevention of HIV transmission. coronavirus.

Peacekeepers used interactive demonstrations along with illustrated information to teach students how to deal with COVID-19 patients while keeping themselves safe and healthy.

“As the pandemic continues to cast a veil on the world, all medical staff must be equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to care for COVID-19 patients, without compromising their own health,” said Lt. Col. Asheq Zaman, a Bangladeshi medical doctor deployed to Wau.

“This is especially important if you are a medical student,” he adds.

Rhoda Kiden, a 23-year-old nursing student, says she has found the training extremely helpful.

“I learned so much,” says Rhoda. “I now know all of the emergency procedures I might need to undertake if caring for a patient diagnosed with COVID-19, including chest compressions, respiratory recession and most importantly, how to protect myself while I lavish medical care. She says.

“In terms of preventative measures, such as physical distancing, the use of face masks and hand washing or disinfection, it was also a useful reminder,” she adds.

Rhoda’s classmate Deng Apuk believes it is essential to disseminate the information they got from the Bangladeshi peacekeepers.

“In remote areas, many people do not know what to do to be virus free,” Deng reveals. “I will take it upon myself to make these measures recommended by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization known to my neighbors, friends and all my community in the hope that they will in turn educate others. . “

For its part, the Catholic Institute for Health Training has put in place all measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among its students although some gaps have remained in terms of compliance.

According to Kimali Rose, a teacher at the Institute, the outreach provided by Bangladeshi peacekeepers will go a long way in ensuring that students practice all preventive measures.

“It was a little difficult to make our students understand the seriousness of the pandemic, reveals Kimali. “But with this detailed session, the UNMISS peacekeepers made sure that the students knew how risky COVID-19 is and how quickly they can contract it. So, I am sure they will be more vigilant by following all the precautions to stay safe and healthy. “

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