Yei Residents Worry Over Ease Of Movement Restrictions Amidst COVID-19

"I heard on the Radio and people talking on the streets that now people can move freely and I personally look at this freedom of movement as a suicide mission and worse COVID-19 infection on the poor population within Yei and outside the town”, Modo stressed.

By Daniel Friday Martin

YEI (08.MAY.2020) GURTONG- Residents inside South Sudan’s Yei River County of Central Equatoria state have expressed disappointment and worry over the decision taken by the presidency to ease inter-state movement, curfew times and other preventive measures aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

John Malish, a resident of Hai Gabat neighborhood, told Gurtong that he is very disappointed with the political decision taken by the presidency loosening the restrictions on the prevention of COVID-19.

“It’s unfortunate that our leaders seems not consistent in following measures they imposed to protect the local population. I am worried when I heard, yesterday alone, the country has recorded over 90 positive corona virus cases in Juba. Does this mean our leaders do not know the rising cases of COVID-19 in Juba?” he asked.

Malish said the situation in Yei could be brought under control by limiting the movement of people, imposing broad day light curfew while observing the WHO and ministry of healthcare guidelines.

“Somehow we have been informed about the COVID-19 preventive measures but I am very disturbed on the decision lifting inter-state movement and now with the re-opening of road and air transport means of movement, I am very sure the population in Yei will be worse infected with the COVID-19 virus”, he added.

Sarah Modo, a resident of Hai Peace neighborhood, too expressed fear on possibility of rising cases of COVID-19 infection in Yei and other surrounding villages and towns within central Equatoria.

“We were happy that the government was doing its best to protect its citizens against COVID-19 but to my surprise, I heard on the Radio and people talking on the streets that now people can move freely and I personally look at this freedom of movement as a suicide mission and worse COVID-19 infection on the poor population within Yei and outside the town”, Modo stressed.

Joseph Aloro, another resident of Hai Guafa, calls on the government to revert its decision and consider putting in place more restrictions so to protect her citizens.

“South Sudan has just been recording its increasing COVID-19 infection cases, I am so disturbed and I think more older people will be infected and more will die if the government will not put in place more preventive movement restrictions in place”.

Aloro called on the government and its health partners to double its preventive awareness campaigns on the prevention of COVID-19.

Health officials at the national high-level task force on COVID-19 described the sudden ease of movement restrictions as a political move, saying there were no scientific reasons given for public clarification.

COVID-19 can be prevented by observing social distancing, regular hand washing with clean water and soap, avoiding overcrowding, staying home and use of emergency call toll free hotline 6666.
 

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