Uganda, South Sudan Form Joint COVID-19 Committee

Uganda and South Sudan have agreed to set up a joint cross-border committee to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in both countries.

This came as a result of a joint meeting held in Nimule town council on Thursday last week.

The European Union-Intergovernmental Authority on development (EU-IGAD) COVID-19 funded the meeting in response to health and social impacts. Several leaders from both countries, EU and IGAD officials attended the meeting.

The Director-General for Health in South Sudan, John Rumunu said there is a need to urgently organize an information-sharing mechanism on COVID-19 between the leaderships of the two nations to find a way forward on how to jointly fight the pandemic.

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He explained further “That is why we have called for and arranged this inter-cross border dialogue to foster good coordination between the two sides so that we can work together through sharing of important information and interventions on COVID-19,”

Rumunu added that it was important for the two sides to form local COVID-19 committees to look into the health issues of locals along the borders and to set up working measures that can generate daily updates on the COVID-19 situations.

The Uganda national entry focal point-to-point officer at the health ministry, Harriet Mayinja, said a joint cross-border committee will enhance public health surveillance and control measures at the local cross-border level.

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“The cross border committee will also establish cross-border communications and coordination mechanisms to enable timely information-sharing at the local levels, to ensure proper environmental and health-care conditions for the populations sharing the borders,” she said.

The cross border committee will comprise ten members from the two countries.

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